Paraplegiac Injury in Los Angeles
Anyway you look at it, paraplegia is a life-altering event. Considered one particular type of paralysis, a paraplegic is a person paralyzed from the waist down. Paraplegia causes the interruption of signals between the brain and other parts of the body. Paraplegics, unlike quadriplegics have no feeling in their lower bodies, including their legs, feet, bowel and bladder and are, for the most part, insensitive to pain or temperature in those areas. However, paraplegics may often experience muscle spasms, sexual dysfunction and fertility problems. This condition can jeopardize a paraplegic’s health because of the inability to feel further pain.
Causes of Paraplegia
Paraplegia is often caused by an spinal cord injury. Non-disease related paralysis can be as a result of damaged or severed nerves from high risk or dangerous activities such as motorbiking, skiing, rugby, soccer, football, or diving, to name a few. Paraplegia may also be caused by automobile accidents (even minor fender-benders with older cars that have no head rests) or catastrophic injuries. In order to cause paraplegia, the injury must be traumatic enough to damage the nerves encased in the vertebral bones, otherwise known as vertebrae. Other causes of paralysis include traumatic catastrophes such as serious auto accidents or slip and fall accidents.
Effects of Paraplegia
While many paraplegics live fulfilling lives, those lives are no doubt different than the ones they led prior to becoming paraplegic. A paraplegic cannot enjoy many of the activities he or she once did, such as hiking, biking, driving, or sometimes sexual intercourse. This is why a skilled trial lawyer will seek the maximum amount of damages in settlement or trial for cases that result in paraplegia.
Additionally, everyday tasks that a paraplegic used to perform without thinking suddenly become very challenging, if not impossible. For many of us, this kind of disability is incomprehensible, but for the person who it affects and their family, it can be utterly devastating.
Financial costs associated with Paraplegia
Along with physical side effects, the financial side effects associated with a paralyzing injury can be staggering. What’s worse, 60% of paraplegics do not return to work after suffering their injury, thereby making the payment of expenses, especially those related to the cost of the injury, practically impossible.
Costs relating to a paralyzing injury are often not initially considered by the individual or the family. The paraplegic’s house may need to be made handicap accessible, which could require restructuring and the purchase of costly equipment. Life-improving items such as adapted motor vehicles, stair lifts, wheelchairs, hoists etc., are not cheap. Some have suggested that the costs involved in helping a paraplegic victim and his or her family can total close to $300,000 in the first year alone.
Paraplegia Caused by Another’s Negligence
As we have shared, many paraplegia cases are caused by auto accidents, which are often the result of another person’s negligence or unlawful behavior. While the diagnosis of paraplegia can be devastating, it is compounded when the condition is caused by the negligent actions of others.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, it is possible that you can file a lawsuit for several claims, including:
- Product defect law
- Third party liability
- Medical malpractice
- Personal injury
- Premises liability
With a potential paraplegia injury lawsuit, time is of the essence. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident and have been rendered a paraplegic, reach out to the skilled doctors turned lawyers at BIKLAW. As doctors, they understand the physical extent of your injuries and as lawyers, they know how to fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.
Quadriplegic Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
Like a brain injury, a spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating events that a person and his or her family can experience. The severity of a spinal cord injury depends upon where the trauma occurs and the medical expenses along can be high, so getting the right compensation is important. Injuries that occur higher on the spinal cord usually have more severe consequences. Spinal cord injuries can result in any of the following conditions:
- Loss of motor functions
- Loss of sensation in the limbs or other body parts
- Loss of manual dexterity
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Pain in the neck or spine
- Loss of reflexes
- Loss of balance
- Loss of sexual function
Spinal cord injuries can be among the most serious form of injuries resulting from an accident. Your spinal cord carries vital and sensitive nerves that serve as a form of “communication highway” between your brain and other parts of your body. Traumatic injuries to your spinal cord region can result in chronic pain, loss of control in your bodily functions, motor reflex spasms, loss of sensation, numbness, tingling, impaired movement or even complete paralysis.
Injuries that result in a victim losing sensation and the ability to move his or her body below the area where spinal trauma has occurred is referred to as a “complete” spinal cord injury. When a person still has some feeling and movement in the region below the impacted region, it is known as an “incomplete” spinal injury.
Spinal cord injuries can result from various forms of trauma to your spinal region, including injuries from:
- Car or auto accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Extreme whiplash or twisting of your torso region
- Sports injuries or rough tackles
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Work-related mishaps
- Falls that result in landing on your head
And a host of other activities that may result in damage to one’s spine.
If you have suffered any serious injury to your head or neck, seek immediate medical treatment so that a doctor may examine you for spinal injuries. Such injuries can require long-term and expensive treatment and/or rehabilitation. Serious spinal injuries may require items or treatments that include neck braces, wheel chairs, orthopedic beds, specialized furniture or long-term treatment facilities.
If your injuries were caused by negligence or the wrongful act of another party, seek out a qualified spinal cord injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you recover any damages that you may be entitled to.
Should you come across anyone who may have just suffered a spinal cord injury, do not move them unless it is absolutely necessary to get them out of harm’s way and prevent further injuries. Movement may exacerbate the injury – even the simple act of trying to remove a helmet. Instead, keep the person as still as possible and call for medical assistance immediately.
Serious spinal injuries can result in painful and traumatic conditions that require long-term, expensive treatments that even many insurance policies may fail to completely cover. Should you be the victim of a spinal injury as the result of another’s wrongful actions, seek out a professional personal injury attorney for a consultation on your case and help in your recovery.
Spinal cord injuries are usually classified as follows:
- Tetraplegia: also called quadriplegia, it is caused by a spinal cord injury in the neck area and can cause paralysis of the upper and lower extremities, including both the arms and legs.
- Paraplegia: caused by an injury below the neck level and results in paralysis of the lower part of the body, including the legs.
The costs associated with the treatment of paralysis from a brain or spinal cord injury can be staggering and victims often require a lifetime of medical care. Such injuries are classified in the following manner, depending upon how extensive the nerve damage is:
- Complete: no sensation or voluntary movement below the point of injury, affecting both sides of the body.
- Partial: some function and feeling occurs below the point of injury; one side of the body may be more affected than the other.
In addition to the partial or total loss of movement and sensation, a victim of paralysismay have additional medical problems, such as difficulty breathing (possibly requiring a ventilator), loss of involuntary functions (inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature), or loss of bladder and bowel control.
Los Angeles based California Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Paralysis Attorney
When brain or spinal injuries occur, medical costs can add up quickly and overwhelm most families. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence or wrongful act, you can and should hold them responsible. At The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq, we have the medical and legal experience to help you secure the money you need to pay for past and future medical costs, compensate you for pain and suffering, make up for lost income, and provide for specialized needs (such as home accommodations, skilled attendant care, adaptations for car hand controls, etc.). Our attorneys understand the trauma and difficulties that you face, and we will aggressively work to protect your rights.