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The uncertainty of spinal cord injuries and where to find support

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2018 | Blog, Firm News

Catastrophic injuries are those that have severe impacts on the lives of victims and their loved ones. They are also typically those for which there is no clear prognosis, but rather a wait-and-see situation, with the frustration of not knowing for how long you must wait and see. Spinal cord injuries fall in this category.

Depending on the severity of your spinal cord injury, you may experience chronic pain along with weakness and numbness and, if your spinal cord damage is severe, some level of paralysis. The severity will also determine whether your life will become somewhat more normal after a period of rehabilitation, or whether it will leave permanent damage that might make you dependent on others and require medical care for the rest of your life.

Potential uncertainties

If your injury classifies as an incomplete spinal cord injury, it should be good news because it will mean that total or partial recovery is possible. As long as you see improvement, you could have hope. However, the following uncertainties may become overwhelming:

  • No one may be able to tell you whether you recovery will happen over months or years.
  • Spinal cord injuries can have consequences such as partial paralysis, and you will need to plan for the future. Will the future involve a wheelchair, or will you walk again?
  • Should you make the necessary structural changes to your house to accommodate your disability, or do you wait until you have more clarity?
  • Should you replace your car with a van that has modifications to accommodate your wheelchair and has an automatic transmission rather than a stick shift?
  • What should you do about already made plans to relocate, go on a cruise or any other major undertaking? Do you cancel the arrangements or do you “wait and see?”

What to do?

In many of these unfortunate situations, there may not be any short-term answers to your questions, and you have every right to feel frustrated. However, if another party’s negligence caused your spinal cord injury, there are resources available to help you fight for the recovery of as much as possible of the financial and emotional damages you suffered.

You have the right to seek the support and guidance of an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney. A lawyer can thoroughly analyze all of the circumstances of your case — including all of your medical records — to determine a monetary value for past and future losses, and then he or she can advocate for you in civil court to ensure the best odds of receiving the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.


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36-year-old laborer for landscaping company fractured wrist when fellow employee hit him with truck. Claimant received in excess of $30,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for total disability and medical expenses and settled with automobile insurance company for fellow employee for $95,000.

1989 workers’ compensation claim settled for $125,000. Claimant originally sustained a low back injury when she slipped and fell at local grocery store resulting in low back surgery in 1989. Several years later, claimant exacerbated her low back injury. Claim was reopened and settled with carrier for $125,000 in 2006.

47-year-old deli clerk sustained low back injuries at work for local supermarket. Carrier originally denied claim on the grounds that the injury was pre-existing. After formal workers’ compensation hearing carrier accepted claim and paid all total disability benefits and medical expenses in excess of $100,000. Case then settled for an additional $100,000 after injured person received a permanent disability rating.

34-year-old male roofer sustained multiple injuries to his shoulder, neck, back and hip when he fell from roof during work. Claimant was provided workers’ compensation benefits in excess of $100,000 and settled remaining claims for an additional $55,000.

40-year-old male working for cleaning company sustained neck and low back injuries when he fell on defective staircase while cleaning local museum. Claimant recovered over $95,000 in workers’ compensation benefits and resolved claim against museum for $85,000.

26-year-old laborer sustained fractured foot when a cast iron pipe was dropped on his foot. Employer and workers’ compensation carrier denied claim on basis that injured worker was an independent contractor. After a series of informal and formal workers’ compensation hearings, carrier conceded that claimant was an employee and settled case for $85,000.

24-year-old waitress sustained back injury while working at Outback Steak House. Workers’ compensation insurance company initially denied the claim. After a series of informal hearings, carrier accepted claim paying medical expenses and total disability benefits. In addition to those benefits paid, claim settled for an additional $75,000.

Delivery truck driver sustained right wrist fracture in rear-end motor vehicle accident while in the course of his employment. Claimant recovered in excess of $40,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses and total disability benefits. Claimant settled case against at-fault driver for $105,000.

22-year-old male working as stocking clerk at “big box” retailer sustained herniated disc in low back. Workers’ compensation carrier refused to accept the claim. After formal workers’ compensation, hearing commissioner ordered carrier to pay over $35,000 in past total disability benefits and pay for surgery and all related medical expenses. Case settled for an additional $35,000 for a total recovery in excess of $100,000.

Rear-end collision on entrance ramp to Merritt Parkway resulting in 49-year-old woman sustaining mid-back injury. Case settled at mediation after filing suit for $300,000.

28-year-old passenger sustained multiple herniated discs in automobile accident in New York state. New York no-fault carrier paid for extended period of disability from work and medical expenses, including expenses for surgery. Case settled against driver of vehicle for $300,000 policy limits shortly after filing suit.

54-year-old man sustains shoulder injury when hit from behind by uninsured motorist on New Jersey Turnpike. Case settled for $135,000 prior to trial.

CT Transit bus driver sustained torn meniscus in collision with another vehicle. Claims made against at-fault driver, workers’ compensation carrier and client’s underinsured motorist policy. All claims settle for a recovery in excess of $100,000.

68-year-old woman sustained neck and back injuries in rear-end collision and required extended course physical therapy, but was not a surgical candidate. Case settled for $100,000 prior to filing suit.

34-year-old woman sustained concussion and neck and back injuries in hit-and-run accident on a New York highway. Claimant settled uninsured motorist claim for her $100,000 policy limits.

80-year-old woman sustained right foot fracture when her foot was run over in a parking lot. Case settled for at-fault driver’s policy limit of $100,000 prior to filing suit.

38-year-old nanny sustained right femur fracture when she fell down defective stairs in home of her employer’s neighbor. All medical expenses and lost wages reimbursed and case settled for an additional $150,000.

Claim against landlord for defective staircase in multi-family rental house. Claimant sustained a right femur fracture. Case settled for $125,000 prior to filing suit.

$95,000 judgment obtained against bar and nightclub for assault by one of its patrons against another patron.

47-year-old woman sustained a broken left wrist when she fell from porch stairs at house she was renting. Case settled for $95,000 shortly before trial.

26-year-old male bitten on leg by German shepherd. Claim against dog owner settled for $65,000 plus payment of all medical expenses.