A spinal cord injury (SCI) can dramatically change your life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may have to stop working and require medical assistance 24/7.
Car accidents are among the leading cause of SCI in the United States. It’s estimated that over 17,500 people are diagnosed with spinal cord injuries each year and close to 350,000 live with this condition in the country.
If the unimaginable happened and you were diagnosed with SCI after a car crash, you may now want to hold the other driver accountable and get compensation. First, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced car accident attorney. They will help you understand the legal steps that you need to follow.
Consider the Statute of Limitations
The last thing on your mind after an SCI diagnose are the legal intricacies of filing a personal injury claim. Understandably so: you should focus on your medical treatment and getting well. But, considering that the cost of treatment can reach $1 million in the first year and then extend to several hundred thousand, you can see how time is of the essence when it comes to filing a claim.
Remember that you have five years from the date of the accident to file a suit.
Document the Accident
Your St. Louis auto accident attorney will likely contact the local law enforcement and ask for the information available about the accident. They will get a copy of the report, witness statements, accident scene pictures, and any information necessary to build a strong case.
Keep Your Medical File Updated and Organized
Talk with your doctors, therapists, and all the medical professionals that have reviewed your case and ask for copies of your treatment. Keep all this information organized in a file and update it whenever necessary.
Document the Impact the SCI Diagnose Had on Your Life
Gather as much information as possible about the way the spinal cord injury has affected your life. If you were an active person, provide proof of your active lifestyle and how SCI is stopping you from following your passions. Present the extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your day to day life. Mention both the medical struggle as well as the financial one.
Speak With an Experienced Attorney 24/7
SCI lawsuits are lengthy and complex. Minor slip-ups, such as timing or liability could affect your chances of winning and getting fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney to represent you and help you get justice. Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a FREE consultation.