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Average South Carolina Spine Injury Settlement After A Car Accident

Posted January 25, 2023 in Personal Injury

Spine Injuries

After you were injured in a car accident, you are likely wondering what kind of settlement offer will be fair. Your lawyer will need to take many things into account, such as how many people were involved in the accident, whether you played any part in the accident, and what types of injuries you have suffered from. If you are dealing with minor bruising from a fender bender you should not expect the same kind of injury settlement that you would for a serious accident resulting in a spinal injury. Because of the nature of car accidents, it is common to get neck and back injuries, but the type you get will vary in severity and may change the compensation amount you get. When you are ready to move forward with your spinal injury claim, reach out to a trusted spine injuries lawyer. 

Back, Spine, and Neck Injuries 

When you think of a car accident injury, what comes to mind? Probably someone wearing a neck brace because they got whiplash. While it is often played for laughs on TV shows and movies, whiplash can be serious and doctors will often treat whiplash as a spinal cord injury until they have more evidence showing the exact injury. 

When you would like to file a claim for your spinal cord injury, you may be wondering what the average settlement amount for a spinal cord injury is in the state of South Carolina. The spinal cord is fragile and may be difficult to heal. Because of this, a spinal cord injury may result in permanent paralysis in different areas of the body. This can create an inability to enjoy hobbies and activities you once loved doing as well as making it difficult–if not impossible–to work your old job. Because of this, there are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to determining a settlement amount for a spinal cord injury. 

Reaching a Settlement

The average amount of costs for a person with low tetraplegia from a spinal cord injury is around $770,000 a year in their first year, not accounting for subsequent years. The average cost for someone with paraplegia from a spinal cord injury in their first year is around $515,000, not accounting for subsequent years. It is difficult to determine an exact settlement number until your lawyer knows the facts of your case. They will take into account: 

  • Your age
  • The severity of your accident
  • Your education
  • Your marital status
  • Your job
  • The need for re-hospitalization
  • The historic lifetime costs of the spinal cord injury
  • The pain and suffering involved

Because your lawyer would not only be looking at the financial losses and needs at the time of the injury but also the lifetime needs you will have, a settlement can easily reach over $1 million or more. 

Getting Help For Your Spinal Cord Injury

While many factors influence the amount of settlement you get for your spinal cord injury, you will want to speak with a seasoned lawyer as soon as possible. When you are ready, reach out to a team you can trust, such as Woron and Dhillon, LLC.

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