The severity of your injury typically depends upon the location of the damage to your spinal cord. One person may become quadriplegic due to damage to vertebrae near the neck, while another person may only lose partial mobility in their legs from an injury to the lower part of the spinal cord.
There are, however, a few specifics you should keep in mind when trying to determine how much compensation you demand:
1. Was your injury considered complete or incomplete?
A doctor will have to determine the extent of your injury and exactly how much mobility you lost due to the damage to the spinal cord.
2. How much are your medical expenses, both current and future?
Both should be taken into account, so that you are covered for future medical bills as well as current bills.
3. Has your injury resulted in loss of wages?
You may be eligible for compensation for wages lost due to the injury, particularly if you had to take a different, lower-paying job because of the injury.
4. Who was at fault for the Maryland auto accident?
If the other driver was obviously at fault, you may receive a large settlement due to the other driver's negligence. If you caused the accident yourself, however, the other driver may sue you for injuries they sustained.
In short, a spinal cord injury settlement can often be worth millions of dollars because of the severity of this permanent injury.
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