How Much is My Utah Spinal Cord Injury Claim Worth?
Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution. The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
If you, your spouse, or one of your family members suffered a spinal cord injury or other serious back injury in Utah, you may be entitled to compensation. This short guide, which includes actual examples of verdicts and settlements resulting from back and spine injuries, will help you understand how personal injury compensation works in Utah.
However, because every claim and lawsuit is unique, you should talk with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney about the legal options that may be open to you and your loved ones. To set up your free legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today. We have more than 33 years of experience fighting for accident victims throughout Utah.
What Damages Are Available to Victims of Back Injuries?
When a person gets injured in Utah, the person or business that caused the injury may be liable for compensating various expenses and losses sustained by the victim, including expenses and losses the victim is expected to incur in the future. Liability depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident which caused the injury. The victim, called the claimant or plaintiff, has the “burden of proof,” which means he or she is responsible for proving that the party at fault:
- Had a duty of care to the victim.
- Breached that duty of care.
- Caused the accident which injured the victim.
The victim must also be able to prove that he or she suffered damages, or harm, such as physical injury or financial hardship resulting from medical bills. Your back injury lawyer will draw upon all available evidence in the fight to prove that the person who injured you was negligent, or careless, leading you to suffer an otherwise preventable injury. Evidence might include medical records, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, accident site photographs, police records, and other sources of information.
If the victim can prove that the other party was at fault, he or she may be able to get compensation, which is also called “damages.” Compensatory damages simply compensate a victim, while punitive damages go a step further by punishing the defendant for extreme misconduct. Economic damages compensate financial losses, while non-economic damages try to compensate physical pain and mental anguish. Examples of damages that may be available include:
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of income and earnings
- Loss of companionship or consortium (marital relationship)
- Loss of support
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
What is the Settlement Value of a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in Utah?
There are two ways to get compensated after being injured by another’s negligent act. Depending on the situation, it may be more appropriate to make an insurance claim or file a personal injury lawsuit against the party at fault.
When attorneys are able to negotiate a mutually acceptable amount before going to court, it is called a settlement. In some cases, settlements must remain confidential. If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to go to trial, where a jury may award compensation. The jury’s decision is called a verdict. The court process is known as litigation.
Utah no longer imposes caps or limits on damages available to personal injury victims. The worth of your spine injury claim or lawsuit will be determined by factors like the severity of your injuries, the extent to which your earning capacity was affected, the size of your medical costs, and financial effects on your spouse and/or children. A skilled attorney will craft a legal strategy designed to protect your best interests, always fighting for the maximum compensation on your behalf.
Below are several examples of real spinal cord injury verdicts and settlements. However, to reiterate the disclaimer above, you should review your matter with a personal injury attorney in Utah to get a clearer, more specific idea of the potential worth of your case.
- $500,000 for a spinal injury caused by a rear-end collision.
- $875,000 for vertebral fractures caused by a vehicular accident.
- $1.58 million for chronic back pain resulting from a motorcycle accident.
- $1.9 million for failure to diagnose a hematoma (blood collecting outside of a blood vessel) affecting the victim’s spine.
- $3.7 million for SCI from a rollover accident caused by a vehicle defect.
Consult with Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Salt Lake City
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in Utah, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 for a free consultation. SCI attorney Darwin Overson represents the victims of nerve damage, vertebral fractures, quadriplegia, paraplegia, and other forms of paralysis resulting from auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, failures to diagnose, defective products, slip and fall accidents, and more.