You’ve just started to feel like yourself again. You’re finally out of the hospital—still stuck in bed, but at least it’s your own. You’ve had a lot of time to think about your accident: The road conditions that day, the traffic on I-70, and the final seconds before you blacked out.
You want to take the other driver to court to make him pay for your medical bills and whatever else you will need to adjust to life after a back injury. But before you go through the trouble of hiring a lawyer for your case, you just want to know: How much could you get for a back injury after car crash?
Compensation Depends on the Location and Severity of Your Back Injury
Since each patient’s symptoms and suffering can vary after a back injury, your injury may be assessed in two ways: The location of the injury, and the severity of the damage.
Generally speaking, back injuries are divided into three areas—the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. The higher up the spinal column your injury is located, the greater the chance that you will suffer life-threatening complications, such as paralysis or nerve damage.
- Cervical Spinal Injuries – Injury to the first four vertebrae below the skull may result in quadriplegia, loss of speech, and an inability to breathe without a respirator. The patient may also be unable to control his or her bodily functions, requiring live-in care and help with eating, bathing, and mobility.
- Thoracic Spinal Injuries – Car accidents are a common cause of mid-back injuries, as victims are often thrown forward violently before slamming back into their seats. While victims often retain the use of their arms, they may lose all feeling and ability below the waist—including their sexual and reproductive capabilities, bowel and bladder function, and the use of their legs.
- Lumbar Spinal Injuries – Low-back injuries may not cause paralysis, but can still result in lost mobility in the victim’s hips or legs. The lowest bones of the spinal column provide stability, and if damaged, the victim may need braces or a cane to walk, and may need a wheelchair if walking becomes too painful. Depending on the severity of injury, reproduction and bladder control may also be lost.
How Much Am I Owed for a Car Crash Back Injury?
The total amount you could be owed will be based on the medical costs resulting from the injury. These could include emergency treatment costs after the accident, rehabilitation and surgery costs, and any treatment or losses you will likely suffer in the future as a result of your injury.
The long-term costs of serious back injuries are often high, as victims may need constant care, recurring outpatient visits, or ongoing physical rehabilitation. Victims may also suffer a loss income if they can no longer perform their former job or can no longer work at all. Many may lose the ability to perform everyday functions—requiring them to hire personal assistants or depend on meal-delivery services.
There are many factors that can affect how much you could win for the costs of you back injury. However, if you take the first amount offered by the insurance company, you may never see another dime. Learn how to get the most from your injury case in our free book, Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim. Click the link at the top of this page to begin reading!