If you were diagnosed with spinal stenosis as the result of an accidental injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. There is no average settlement for spinal stenosis. A personal injury lawyer in your area will obtain your medical records, review them carefully, especially with respect to the important factors of causation (i.e., did the trauma cause the stenosis and/or another spinal injury?) and severity, and recover their costs from the at-fault party and their insurance provider.
In most cases, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will cover your initial medical bills. The lawyer who represents you will build a case to recover the medical bills that exceed PIP’s limitations. Your potential settlement or verdict amount should also include more than medical expenses alone. Your lawyer will explain the range of compensation they will seek, the legal parameters of your case, and the appropriate filing deadline.
- Your Spinal Stenosis Settlement Will Depend On Your Treatment Plan
- Seeking Compensation For Spinal Stenosis From the At-Fault Party
- Call for a Free Consultation on Your Spinal Stenosis Case
Your Spinal Stenosis Settlement Will Depend On Your Treatment Plan
According to Mayo Clinic research, spinal stenosis is the thinning of the spaces in your spine. This thinning places pressure on your spinal cord and its nerves, causing pain and worsening symptoms over time.
Treatments for your injury include:
- Medications including NSAIDs, antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs, and opioids
- Physical therapy to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance
- Steroid shots to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief
- Needle procedures to create more space in your spinal canal and reduce pressure on nerves
- Surgical procedures, including laminectomy, laminotomy, and laminoplasty
Spinal stenosis has a variety of causes, including car accidents and other types of traumas. If your spinal stenosis occurred as the result of a negligence-based accident, a personal injury lawyer will determine the potential value of a monetary settlement or sustainable jury verdict.
Track Your Known and Anticipated Healthcare Costs
In addition to the treatment you require, your attorney will seek other healthcare costs, including diagnostic exams, laboratory tests, and any emergency care you received. This includes on-the-scene emergency care and emergency room costs. It also includes:
- Doctor’s visits
- Hospital admissions
- In-home medical support
It is equally important to understand the costs of treatment you will incur after your case is settled. These costs should be included in your settlement amount.
Additional Factors That Affect Your Potential Settlement Amount
Your potential settlement varies based on the severity of your injury and the length and costs of your prescribed treatment plan. Your settlement will also vary based on:
- The length of time you are unable to return to work due to your spinal stenosis injury, especially if that disability is long-term or even permanent
- The degree to which your injury impairs your quality of life and prevents you from engaging in previously enjoyed activities
Because spinal stenosis is a serious injury, your lawyer will also seek compensation for the pain and suffering you endure.
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Seeking Compensation For Spinal Stenosis From the At-Fault Party
The cost of treating and recovering from spinal stenosis is the responsibility of the person or entity whose negligence led to your injury. To seek compensation, you have to prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused your accident and resulting injury.
The legal elements of negligence that entitle you to damages include:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
A personal injury lawyer will document the negligence that caused your injury. They will collect evidence and build a comprehensive case file. Your lawyer will also present your evidence to the at-fault party and their insurer and use it to steer your case toward a settlement versus a trial.
Your Evidence File Will Support the Value of Your Settlement
The evidence your lawyer compiles will tell the story of your accidental injury and the at-fault party’s actions. This portion of your evidence file will include your accident or incident report, witness statements, accident scene photos, and accident reconstruction reports.
Your evidence file will also include proof of the accident’s financial impact. This will include medical, rehab, and therapy bills. It will also include your salary history records and property repair or replacement costs.
Time Is an Important Factor in Your Ability to Obtain a Financial Settlement
Your state limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit on time, you will not be permitted to file it at all. If you do file it late, the at-fault party and their representative will request its immediate dismissal. This request would be granted by the court and you will have no further legal recourse that compels the at-fault party to compensate you.
When you are represented by a lawyer, they will ensure the filing deadline is accurately interpreted since many factors have the ability to alter it. They will also ensure your potential lawsuit is filed on time.
Call for a Free Consultation on Your Spinal Stenosis Case
If you suffered spinal stenosis after an accident, our legal team will pursue the at-fault party for appropriate compensation. Learn more about the financial recovery our lawyers will seek for spinal stenosis by contacting our consultation team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. We will review the details and merits of your case at no cost or obligation.