ENCINO PARAPLEGIA & QUADRIPLEGIA ATTORNEYS
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Some of the most common injuries a person can suffer in an accident are spinal cord and neck injuries, as they can be acquired from a jolt to the body or by falling on your back or at an angle. Perhaps the most tragic consequence of a spinal cord injury, however, is when it leads to paralysis, which is permanent and has a serious impact on the victim’s quality of life. According to 2013 estimates, nearly 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis today. If you’ve been paralyzed in an accident caused by negligence, call Binder Law Group immediately to have an aggressive legal team on your side that fights for your rights to compensation. Preparing for a life with paralysis can be expensive and emotionally challenging, but our Encino paraplegia and quadriplegia attorneys have decades of experience on our side that we can use to help you. Having handled countless injury cases successfully and recovered hundreds of millions for clients, we can be trusted to go to bat for you and your family.
Contact our passionate team online or at (818) 740-7667 to take advantage of our 40+ years of experience handling injury claims. If you want to secure maximum compensation, entrust your case to a firm that has a long track record of success.
What Is Paraplegia & Quadriplegia?
The bones of your spine, or vertebrae, are designed to protect your spinal cord from injury. When a blow or a fall breaks or dislocates your vertebrae, your spinal cord can be damaged, and the inflammation is what can reach your nerve fibers. Paraplegia refers to paralysis that affects only the lower half of your body. While your arms, hands, and face muscles may work normally, the muscles below your waist can’t function properly. Quadriplegia, which is referred to sometimes as tetraplegia, is paralysis that results in the loss of movement and sensation in all four limbs and can also impact the internal organs in the trunk region.
Paralysis is often classified as partial, complete, temporary, permanent, localized, or generalized, depending on the nature of the accident and severity of the injury. Some other forms of paralysis include monoplegia, which affects one arm, and hemiplegia, which affects one leg and one arm on the same side of the body.
Negligence That Can Lead To Paralysis
An injury to your spinal cord can occur for many reasons, but car accidents are among the most common causes of paralysis. In fact, auto accidents account for 46% of all spinal cord injuries each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individuals are also more likely to suffer these injuries when trucks or motorcycles are involved, as the size and weight of commercial trucks can cause serious damages and motorcyclists lack the outer protection that drivers and car passengers have.
Other accidents that commonly cause paralysis include:
- Slip and fall accidents, which can occur on wet or slippery surfaces, on uneven pavement or stairs, on torn or loose carpeting, or as a result of poor lighting
- Medical malpractice, which can occur when medical professionals make errors during surgery
Victims often don’t realize they’ve suffered a spinal cord injury or the beginnings of paralysis in the first hours and even days after their accident. It’s important to be aware of symptoms of paralysis so you can seek immediate medical treatment the moment you experience one of them.
Some symptoms of paralysis and other spinal cord injuries include:
- Loss of movement or sensation
- Loss of movement in extremities
- Problems or loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain or dull aches
- Lack of coordination or balance
Damages Our Experienced Team Can Recover
Individuals who become paralyzed after an accident have much more to think about than just emergency care costs. While ambulance rides, hospital stays, and surgeries can be expensive, people with paralysis also have to pay for medical equipment like wheelchairs and lifts, at-home nursing care, and expenses associated with retrofitting their homes so they can move around easily.
Paralyzed victims may also have to change careers or quit their jobs entirely if they can no longer perform their daily tasks, especially if those tasks involve manual labor. Our team takes all of these future costs into consideration and can calculate just how much your case is worth – we settle for no less. You can rest and heal while our team builds your case and holds negligent drivers, property owners, doctors, and other parties responsible.
Individuals who have become paralyzed in their accidents need to consider not only the costs of their emergency care, but the future costs of living as well. Our Encino paraplegia and quadriplegia attorneys can help. Call us for a free consultation at (818) 740-7667.