A spinal cord injury may result in a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was caused by the negligence of another person or a faulty product, such as a seat belt. However, most spinal cord injuries occur when either alcohol is a factor or when an activity has dangers which are clearly spelled out to individuals participating in the activity.
For example, an accident at a ropes course where all of the equipment functioned properly would be difficult to pursue a personal injury lawsuit over if the participant signed a waiver acknowledging the risk to the course. If the equipment failed while being used properly, however, the injured part would have a better argument for personal injury lawsuit.
Due to the permanent, lifelong medical expenses and potential loss of income for an individual who has suffered a spinal cord injury, damages awarded in settlements can be quite substantial. Settlements also include a somewhat arbitrary amount for the pain and suffering endured by the individual, as well as the future suffering that will occur from being unable to do some of the things that were once beloved hobbies.
Anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury in Atlanta may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney to discuss their legal options.