According to a study reported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, serious spinal cord injuries can cost up to $1.4 million or more to treat. These injuries can also lead to lost income, and pain and suffering, all of which can seriously harm your long-term financial stability.
According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of new spinal cord injury cases in the United States every year. If you were involved in an accident and suffered such injuries, a Johns Creek spinal injury lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you to understand your legal options. Call us today at (404) 888-8888 to speak with a member of our team about your case.
The Motor Vehicle Accident Problem
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has labeled motor vehicle accidents the number one safety problem in American transportation. Vehicle accidents are estimated to cost society $150 billion every year. Lost business productivity, lost worker income, insurance costs, fines, penalties, and medical treatment expenses are just some of the ways that accidents victims and others suffer from vehicle accidents.
Accident victims themselves, in particular, face the challenge of getting their life back on track, and they often have to endure months or years of pain, suffering, and rehabilitation. They may also have to fight to recover damages and get back to work.
If your injuries were caused by the gross negligence or recklessness of another driver, you should not have to bear the fallout of the accident on your own. Call a Johns Creek spinal injury lawyer for help. You can reach the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team at (404) 888-8888 to learn more.
For a free legal consultation with a spinal injury lawyer serving Johns Creek, call (404) 888-8888
Some of the losses you may suffer in a vehicle accident include:
- Bodily injuries
- Medical treatment costs
- Vehicle damage
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Burial expenses in case of a loved one’s wrongful death
These losses and expenses can quickly add up, and a family’s financial stability can be seriously affected after an accident.
To seek compensation for an accident, you must be able to show that:
- The actions–or dangerous or negligent inaction–of an at-fault party caused or contributed to an accident
- You were injured or suffered damages of some sort in the accident
When determining fault for car accidents, you must prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. This duty simply means driving safely, responsibly, and in accordance with established driving norms and laws. In general, anyone who drives on public roadways is assumed to owe others a duty of care, so if you can prove that someone breached this duty by driving negligently or dangerously and that you were injured as a result, you can potentially file a compensation claim against them.
To file a claim, you should collect evidence such as:
- Photos or video recordings of the accident
- The police report on the accident
- Eyewitness testimony
- Proof of cellphone usage or the blood alcohol level of the at-fault driver
- Vehicle repair and maintenance logs
- Driver driving logs to prove drowsy driving or overwork
For some claims, you must also submit a certificate of merit. This is a document composed by a doctor who specializes in accident injuries. A certificate of merit is needed to prove that your injuries are serious enough to require treatment and that they warrant compensation.
You must submit all of your evidence and the certificate of merit along with, what is known as, a letter of intent to sue to the insurer of the at-fault party. This letter informs the insurer that you are seeking compensation from them for the actions of their client–the party responsible for your accident.
Before submitting the letter of intent to sue, you must quantify and evaluate your damages, and you must also know which insurance policy or policies you can use for compensation. Applicable policies may include collision coverage, personal injury protection, liability insurance for bodily injuries and/or property damage, or uninsured motorist coverage.
You must also know how each of these policies may cover you for specific losses and damages since all policies have coverage limits that can change depending on the specifics of your case and the kinds of losses, injuries, and damages you suffered.
Johns Creek Spinal Injury Lawyer Near Me (404) 888-8888
Call a Johns Creek Spinal Injury Lawyer for Assistance
Spinal injuries can be long-lasting and life-changing, and they can be prohibitively expensive to treat, even if you have insurance. The insurance rules that apply to motor vehicle accidents and the evidence requirements you will likely have to meet for filing a claim can be complex as well.
This is where we can help. A Johns Creek spinal injury lawyer on the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team can help you understand the insurance limits that apply to your case, the evidence you will need to prove your case, and how to go about completing and filing a compensation claim with the at-fault party’s insurer. We can also help you quantify your losses, determine the deadlines by which you need to submit paperwork or evidence, and negotiate a settlement or represent you in court as needed.
Call us today at (404) 888-8888 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We take cases on a contingency-fee-basis and we only collect if you win your case so do not hesitate to contact us today.