When an individual suffers from spinal nerve compression from a car accident, he may need spinal decompression surgery. However, spinal decompression surgery – an overarching term that refers to a wide range of surgical interventions performed to alleviate pressure on spinal nerves – can be expensive, and insurance may not cover all the costs of the surgery. If you need to recover compensation for a spinal injury, a car accident attorney can help you to negotiate for a fair settlement amount.
The Costs of a Spinal Decompression Surgery
Spinal decompression surgery is not cheap. Usually, a person who undergoes spinal decompression surgery will need to stay in the hospital for four to five days, require pain medications, and may require physical therapy as well. These costs can quickly add up, totaling thousands of dollars.
But the costs do not stop there. Recovery from surgery can last up to a year, and may greatly impede your mobility. This can mean time off work and even after recovery, you may be facing reduced earning capacity, especially if your profession included manual labor.
Spinal decompression surgery can also affect other parts of your life. You may have to hire someone to help around the house or your spouse may have to take time off work to care for you. Her lost wages should be included in your settlement.
You may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering as well. Remember that your settlement should not include just primary medical bills. It should include your lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain, and suffering, etc. Do not accept the first settlement before calculating all your damages, past and future.
Who will pay for my surgery?
In Texas, drivers are responsible for paying for the accidents that they cause. If you are involved in a car accident, the insurance company of the at-fault driver should pay for your related medical costs. If you carry certain insurance types, like medical payments coverage, your own insurance should pay regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
If you are unable to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, you can bring forth a civil action. An attorney can guide you through the process. You can also have an attorney look over the settlement offer to ensure it is fair.
Contact a Texas Car Accident Attorney Now
If your spine suffered injuries in a car accident and you need to file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries, call a Texas car accident attorney at the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC.
Attorney Julie Johnson will advocate for you every step of the way, negotiate for a fair settlement amount, and bring your claim to court if necessary. To schedule a consultation with the Law Office of Julie Johnson PLLC today, contact 214-290-8001.