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The true cost of spine injuries

Major spine injuries often lead to vastly different lifestyles for accident victims. To understand how the Montana courts handle these issues, it is important to understand exactly how somebody's life could change after a violent collision.

One of the most essential points is that every accident is different. Average settlement figures, even for comparable injuries, may not accurately predict the resources necessary to facilitate an injured person's recovery. 

The first concern is typically immediate care. Acute treatment for severe spinal injuries usually includes hospitalization. These medical bills tend to accrue very quickly, sometimes exceeding the victim's insurance policy. This is often one of the more obvious losses in a personal injury case.

There is also the matter of ongoing treatment. As explained on the Mayo Clinic website, spinal cord injuries often cause permanent impairment of various physical functions. Injured people typically undergo rehabilitation and medical treatment in order to recover from and manage these conditions over the long-term. In many cases, this involves professional assistance.

As mentioned on FindLaw, a disability itself may also be grounds for seeking compensation. The court could also consider pain and suffering, both mental and physical.

FindLaw goes into more detail on this subject and lists some of the relevant state laws. However, it is important to remember that these statutes are the starting point negotiation or litigation. It is necessary to consider all of the details of each specific case in order to calculate how much injured people need to put their lives back together again.


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