Head, neck or spinal cord injuries following a motor vehicle or work related accident can range anywhere from a minor soft tissue injury to a severe brain injury or even paraplegia or quadriplegia. Doctors tell us that there can be an injury to the brain even if the diagnostic tests such as an MRI or CT scan are negative. A spinal cord injury has the potential for disrupting virtually every aspect of a person’s life because of the complex nature of our system of nerve and motor functioning.
All individuals who suffer a serious head, neck or spinal cord injury should make sure that they have an experienced group of medical, psychological, vocational, and legal professionals working with them. Serious injuries suffered from an accident or work related injury can have devastating effects on your physical and mental well being. These types of injuries often times also effect you financially. Typically, an attorney who handles these types of cases will recommend that you allow at least one year to pass before you even consider settling your case. You will need at least that amount of time to fully appreciate the injury’s impact on all aspects of your life.
In summary, head, neck, and spinal cord injuries should be thoroughly evaluated by an attorney and not settled until sufficient time has passed for your condition to medically stabilize. You do not want to quickly settle a case whenever an injury’s full impact on your life is unknown.