The spinal cord is effectively the center of the central nervous system. It’s the one main pathway that carries information to the brain about what your body is feeling and instructions back down from the brain telling your body to move. Unfortunately, this means that any injury to this part of the body can have catastrophic consequences. Severing the central pathway cuts the brain off from some—and often all—of the body below the injury site.

If you suffered spinal cord damage because of another person’s misconduct, we understand you’re going through a lot right now. But you have important legal rights, and only a limited time to enforce them. A Watertown spinal cord injury lawyer at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC wants to help you hold the person who caused you harm legally and financially accountable for their actions. We have been around for a long time and have experience getting positive results for injured people during settlement negotiations and at trial. Call today to let our dedicated catastrophic injury attorneys get started on your case.

How Negligence Can Cause Spinal Cord Trauma

Spinal cord injuries can happen in any type of accident. This is because any type of accident can lead to someone suffering a traumatic blow to the back, neck, or head. However, they’re common in:

No matter what leads to someone sustaining spinal cord damage, the important thing when it comes to filing a legal suit is the presence of “negligence.” To prove negligence, you must prove:

  • Another person owed you a “duty” to act responsibly in a certain way;
  • “Breached” that duty in a way that directly led to an accident; and
  • Caused your spinal cord injury directly through that accident.

Once these elements are proven, you can hold the negligent party financially liable for every past and future effect the injury has on your life, including but not limited to:

  • Lost consortium for a spouse;
  • Lost enjoyment of life;
  • Physical pain and discomfort;
  • Emotional and psychological distress;
  • Lost working capacity or work income;
  • All medical expenses for injury-related care; and
  • Home modifications, in-home assistance, and other out-of-pocket costs for injury-related needs.

Often a Life Care Plan is needed to quantify the medical treatment costs over your lifetime. This is prepared by a qualified rehabilitation and life care planning professional.

Our spinal cord injury attorneys can go into further detail about potential recoverable damages during a private consultation at our Watertown office, or if you prefer or it is more convenient, remotely by Zoom.

Possible Obstacles to Effective Recovery

Even though spinal cord trauma often has permanent repercussions, people who sustain this type of injury are not immune from being found partially to blame for their injuries. Under Connecticut General Statutes § 52-572h, the court can reduce the value of an injured person’s damage award in proportion to their assigned share of the fault. They can even prohibit recovery altogether if that injured person holds most of the blame for their losses.

Additionally, C.G.S. § 52-584 gives most injured parties just two years after their injury to file suit. In certain circumstances involving municipalities or the State, the time period can be much shorter. Guidance from a lawyer can be essential to overcoming legal roadblocks like these and maximizing recovery from a spinal cord injury.

A Watertown Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help You Seek Justice

Spinal cord trauma is an exceptionally severe consequence of an accident. It is also one that can make for uniquely complex civil litigation. Representation from dependable legal counsel throughout a case like this can be crucial to getting the fair payments you deserve.

A conversation with a Watertown spinal cord injury lawyer can give you clarity and confidence about how best to approach your claim. Call D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC today for a free in-person or remote consultation.