Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Car Accidents are a Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 by Chris Thayer

Vehicle accidents have the potential to be physically, financially, and emotionally catastrophic. The spine is particularly vulnerable in vehicle accidents due to the force exerted upon impacting with another object or vehicle. Over 12,500 people suffer spinal cord injuries each year, and 38% of those injuries occur in car accidents. These people can face life-altering changes and medical expenses up to a million dollars in the first year alone. Spinal cord injuries can have long-lasting impacts, cause chronic pain, and require constant care and long-term rehabilitation and treatment. Additionally, spinal cord injuries are complicated to treat, and often require costly travel to specialists for multiple surgeries. If you or a loved one have found themselves in this position, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help and financial support. Luckily, you do not have to navigate this process alone. Hiring a Seattle personal injury attorney can help ensure that you get the highest possible insurance settlement and that you are able to pursue the maximum amount of compensation for the harm you have suffered.

*Bringing a Lawsuit for Spinal Cord Injuries *If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, such as a drunk driver or a driver who was driving over the speed limit, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. If you were hit by a commercial driver or truck driver who was driving negligently, their employer may also be liable for your injuries. Talking to a lawyer can help you identify any responsible parties who may also be liable for your harm. Bringing a lawsuit allows you to recover for all medical costs related to your injury. This also includes all anticipated future costs of treatment, surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If you require long-term care or in-home aids, these costs can also be recovered. Home modifications, medical equipment, and medications, as well as mental health care and counseling stemming from the injury can also be pursued. In addition, you can also pursue compensation for the impact the injury will have on your life. For instance, if you are unable to return to work after your accident (like nearly 90% of those who suffer spinal cord injuries), you can seek compensation for lost income and lost earning potential. You can also seek compensation for pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available.

*Talk to a Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer *If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident that was not your fault in Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, Issaquah, or the greater Washington State area, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Pivotal Law Group are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.