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Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Case

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Spinal cord injuries can have a devastating physical, emotional and financial impact on the lives of victims and their families. If a victim’s spinal cord damage was caused by the negligence of another, however, he or she may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit and seek a recovery of damages.

These funds won’t erase the harm that has been suffered. However, they can help a spinal cord injury victim to pay bills that may be piling up as well as to move on in life with a sense of security.

The amount of damages that can be recovered in a spinal cord injury lawsuit in New York will vary from case to case. Factors that can determine the recovery amount include the severity of the injury and the availability of insurance coverage.

It is crucial to work with an attorney who can examine all factors involved in a case and determine the damages amount that should be pursued in your case.

The personal injury lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP, have the experience and legal skills that spinal cord injury victims and their families deserve. Since 1987, our firm has protected the rights of catastrophic injury victims in Albany, Syracuse and throughout New York. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.

As we review your case, we will focus on damages that can generally be broken into three categories: Economic, non-economic and punitive.

To help you get a better understanding of what may be sought in your case, we present a closer look at each damages category.

Economic Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

A claim for economic damages is based on objective evidence such as bills, receipts and, perhaps, a statistical analysis prepared by an expert. This category of damages can be broken into two sub-categories:

 Non-Economic Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

In contrast to economic damages, non-economic damages are – to a degree – subjective. However, objective evidence can still be used to arrive at the proper amount. These damages can be broken into three categories:

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages – also called “exemplary damages” – may also be pursued in some spinal cord injury cases. These damages are not intended to compensate the victim. Instead, the purpose is to punish and deter one who has engaged in “intentionally harmful” or “willfully or wantonly negligent or reckless actions.”

Other Considerations in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

Finally, you should take into account the following factors that may reduce the amount that can be recovered in a spinal cord injury claim in New York:

Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Serving Albany and Syracuse

If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injury in Albany, Syracuse or elsewhere in New York due to the suspected negligence of another, get in touch with the personal injury lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP. Reach us by phone or through our online form.

We handle only select cases so we can devote the full extent of our skill, experience and resources towards obtaining the damages our clients deserve.

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