Getting into a traffic accident is no one’s idea of a good time. In the majority of cases, these crashes are actually accidents, and both parties know it. Though you’ve been hurt, you still want to have some respect toward the other party. They made mistakes and have injuries themselves.

Despite your compassion for the other party, it’s important that you make your claim as well. You were hurt as a result of no fault of your own, so the other party should be held accountable. You’ve been left with a catastrophic injury, and you won’t likely walk again in the future. The other party should have to cover your medical care, and you should fight for fair compensation.

The cost of living with a spinal cord injury like yours can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more). In fact, the Christopher Reeve Foundation averaged the yearly cost of paraplegia to $518,904 in 2014. Each additional year was averaged out as costing around $68,739. For more significant injuries, the costs climb up by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Regardless of the severity of the spinal injury, most cases are expected to cost over $1,000,000 over the course of a lifetime. That’s all due to one person’s mistake behind the wheel, and it’s something that their insurance should have to cover.

If you have a spinal cord injury from a crash you’ve been involved in, don’t feel that you shouldn’t ask for a large amount in compensation. You may need many years of treatment and support for your injuries, and you do deserve the best care that money can provide during that time.