If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries. For a personal injury, this often includes accident-related medical expenses such as costs associated with surgical procedures and other treatments.
To this end, the compensation you receive for an injury will largely depend on the extent of the injuries or losses you suffered, as well as the treatments required for your recovery. A neck fusion is one example of a procedure you may need if you are seriously injured in an accident.
Now, you may be curious about what kind of settlement you can receive after undergoing a neck fusion or other surgery as a result of a personal injury. And while you may find typical estimates for compensation, every case is different.
As such, the best way to get an idea of what your personal injury settlement package will look like is by going over your case with a legal professional. A skilled lawyer can not only give you a more accurate estimate, but they can also help you maximize your settlement and recover all the money and benefits you are entitled to.
What Is A Neck Fusion?
A neck fusion, otherwise referred to as a cervical spinal fusion, is a type of spine surgery. Significantly, the spine is made up of three (3) parts: the lower, middle, and upper back (which includes the neck).
During a neck fusion, two (2) or more vertebrae in the neck are bound or fused together. This is done by placing a bone graft in between two (2) vertebrae, which allows them to become one bone. Note: Doctors may also use screws or other materials to keep two (2) vertebrae together.
When Might A Neck Fusion Be Necessary?
There are many different reasons why an individual may require a neck fusion. While some of those are due to genetic causes, others can be related to accidents or injuries.
The following are a few of the common reasons why you may need a neck fusion:
- Degenerative Disc Disease: Degenerative disc disease occurs when vertebrae in the neck become worn down. This can occur naturally over time as an individual ages or because of overuse and repetitive movements. Degenerative disk disease can cause pain and stiffness in the neck.
- Fractures Or Impacts to the Spine: If vertebrae in the neck or spine are fractured or broken in an accident or incident, there is a risk of further injury to the spinal cord. Fractures and impacts to the spine can result from slips, falls, and auto accidents.
- Scoliosis And Other Spinal Misalignments: Scoliosis can be a genetic condition that causes the spine to curve sideways instead of upright. Alongside other spinal misalignments, scoliosis can cause pain and discomfort if not treated.
To treat the conditions above, as well as other less common conditions, neck fusions are performed to help stabilize the spine and increase mobility. They can also be used to treat diseases or remove tumors. In such cases, the afflicted disc is removed from the neck, and two (2) or more other discs are fused to give stability.
If you are receiving a neck fusion as part of a treatment for a personal injury, you are likely receiving it to mitigate damages from an impact or accident.
To learn more about neck fusions, as well as other common procedures you may expect to undergo after a personal injury, we recommend getting in touch with a skilled lawyer right away.
For a personalized consultation at no charge, please call Schwartzapfel Lawyersat 516-342-2200 or visit us online today. No matter your situation, it will be our honor and privilege to fight for you!
How Can You File A Personal Injury Claim?
Before you can recover financially for a neck fusion or any other procedure undergone after an accident, you must first file a claim against the party or parties responsible for your injury.
Here, several important steps should be taken, including but not limited to:
Seeking Medical Care
The first step you should take after any accident is to seek medical treatment from a qualified healthcare professional. This can help ensure you receive the care needed for your injuries without delay.
To file any type of personal injury claim, you will likely need to provide medical records of your injuries to prove they occurred and to illustrate their impact on your health. If you wait to see a doctor after an accident or incident, or if you do not see a doctor at all, you may not be able to provide ample or accurate documentation of your injuries.
Alongside medical records for your injuries, you should gather all and any documentation of the accident during which you were hurt or suffered losses. This can include police reports of the accident, as well as contact information or witness statements from others who were at the scene.
To receive compensation for a personal injury, you must be able to prove that another party was responsible for your injury. Gathering documentation related to an accident can help establish how it occurred and who was at fault for it.
Hiring the Right Lawyer
One of the most important steps you can take for your personal injury case is to hire an experienced lawyer. A seasoned lawyer can help you prove that an accident or injury was not your fault, and will push to maximize the money and benefits you receive to account for all the losses and expenses you incurred as a result of said accident.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyerscan help you build a winning case against the party responsible for your injuries, and will fight for you every step of the way. For a free consultation, simply dial 516-342-2200 or visit us online to schedule yours today.
File Your Claim As Soon As Possible
Once you have gathered all the information you need and have begun treatment, file your claim as soon as you can. As with all types of claims, there is a statute of limitations to personal injury cases.
Generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury is three (3) years from the date of an accident, which means you have three (3) years to file your claim. However, the longer you wait, the longer it may take for you to receive a financial settlement.
Receiving Your Settlement
Once you file a personal injury claim, it may take some time for the opposing party to agree to a settlement. In many cases, an at-fault party may be reluctant to pay you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. However, a qualified personal injury lawyer can help ensure you receive the maximum amount of money you need to recover – physically, mentally, and financially.
The amount of settlement you receive can depend on different factors, including the extent of your injuries and the impacts they have on your health and livelihood. You may receive a larger settlement if your injuries result in disability or long-term impairment or if they require you to undergo a surgical procedure such as a neck fusion. Additionally, you may not receive your settlement in a lump sum. It may instead be paid out in increments or as you are receiving treatment.
Note: The amount of money an individual receives in a personal injury settlement, as well as how it is paid out, differs on a case-to-case basis. As such, only a qualified personal injury lawyer can give you an accurate estimate of how much you can expect to receive.
Legal Representation After A Neck Fusion
The knowledgeable legal team at Schwartzapfel Lawyerscomes equipped with more than (150) years of combined experience. In this time, they have successfully handled all different types of personal injury claims, including those in which neck fusions and other procedures were required after an accident.
The bottom line: We are ready and able to help you maintain your rights and recover financially while you recover from your injuries. To get started, there’s no time like the present. So, please, give us a call at 516-342-2200 or visit us online today.
Day or night, rain or shine, we are always fighting for you!
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