Quadriplegia is among the most severe and devastating conditions that a person could face. Facing years of physical therapy, medical care, and other issues can be a significant burden for the sufferer and their family. Having an attorney that can fight alongside you.
Quadriplegia, is also “Tetraplegia,” which is defined as:
“An injury to any of the seven (7) cervical vertebra above the first thoracic vertebrae that results not only in loss of feeling and function of the arms and legs, it can also cause severe pain, loss of bladder control, bowel control, muscle spasm, sexual dysfunction, loss of fertility, as well as shortened lifespan.”
This type of injury is difficult enough to deal with. But it gets worse if due to the carelessness of another. Also, tremendous physical and emotional stress arise from these incidents. And this will most certainly have negative lifelong effects. Also, massive costs could follow after a vehicle or accident related handicap. For example, victims face expenses for home health care, nurses, special medicine, loss of employment, specialist visits, and other items.
So don’t deal with it alone. Get an excellent lawyer who helps people like you get money for paralysis from the neck down types of cases.
The Pain of Quadriplegia Affects Everyone.
A loving family member at the side of a paralysis victim is a great resource. These wives, husbands, parents, and children are vital to recovery but are also placed under tremendous stress. This can be even more stressful if the victim was the primary breadwinner.
The ability to pay bills and live the same way as before can become unsustainable. Those that have become crippled are often left destitute, with some facing homelessness and discrimination. When hurt in such a manner, both the victim and their family can suffer depression and PTSD.
Paraplegia is a Condition That Destroys Lives.
Children handicapped in accidents can see their lives turned upside down. If parents were similarly hurt, they could lose their jobs, their businesses, or even the surrounding people. The list of issues can multiply and spiral out of control. This is why legal counsel to fight on your behalf is so necessary.
The skilled attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm are specialized in dealing with cases like this. Also, we have won hundreds of cases worth millions for victims and their families. Our Los Angeles based injury law practice has represented clients up and down California. And we stand ready to assist immediately.
Our firm’s specialty is to deal with neurological damage to the spine, including partial and total paralysis. We are experienced at organizing all the information regarding the injury and accident that caused it and preparing it for the court. We spend hours crafting arguments for juries and judges and consult with investigators, surgeons, and accident reconstructionists.
Our assistance can help the victim receive treatment from and get testimony from a neuropsychologist, neuropsychiatrist, life care planner, a vocational rehabilitationist, and those that can determine wages lost and damages done. We are willing to front the costs to hire these specialists to increase your chances of victory.
Our firm has the experience and foresight to know how to explain these issues to a jury and receive the maximum payout possible. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is a disabled former Marine that feels the pain of those suffering from these conditions. Let our staff work on your behalf.
Quadriplegia is often the result of negligence or carelessness. Quadriplegia occurs when the spinal cord gets severed from the shoulder and neck area. The result can destroy both mobility and feeling of the body. These can happen in car and motorcycle accidents of falls.
Often these can occur at work, on the road, due to defective products, medical malpractice, or as the result of an acute infection. If your doctors missed a major issue, such as hematomas, spinal compressions or infection or condition readily discoverable, they could be liable.
Auto accidents cause around half of back injuries. Many are severe and could lead to serious spinal damage. Some cases exist from malfunctions (Toyota accelerating, for example), faulty seat or lap belts. This can lead to paralysis.
Last, this happens to 6,500 American annually. Another 130,000 live with the condition. Most of all, this causes tremendous stress to victims and loved ones.
Examples of Real Victims and Causation.
Many of the victims of paralysis are or were major members of society. Actor Christopher Reeve was broke his back falling off of a horse. Also, scientist Stephen Hawking was paralyzed from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other causes arise daily. For example, take the case of American wheelchair rugby player Mark Zupan. He was injured in a car accident.
On Jan. 4, 2001, Leon Bostick was training at Gold’s Gym Venice when weights fell and broke his neck resulting in permanent disability and a huge bad faith award. The PV School District has a hearing to see whether or not a paralyzed girl can even attend their school.
A person with quadriplegia remained stranded on a Disneyland ride in one case. In another case, a poor girl was disabled after a car crash. Also, a Pop Warner youth football player paralyzed making a tackle during a 2011 game, filed the first ever lawsuit over “head-first” tackling. These cases and others show the tremendous risk in the LA area alone for these types of injuries.
Often tetraplegia causes involuntary bodily functions, such as respiratory conditions, digestion problems, uncontrollable coughing, and even causes excretion of body waste to become difficult, involuntary, or even impossible.
Potential treatments are in the works, which could help those with paraplegia, including:
Unfortunately, these treatments are years away. Dealing with current pain and paralysis will need great care to guide through this terrible time.
The mouth remains the only fully functional body part in most cases. An example is in this video lecture with physicist Stephen Hawking:
Unfortunately, those that suffer this condition still need people to help them dress, feed them, and wash them for years.
People injured like this are unlikely to walk again. Also, they will often suffer permanent nerve damage. While treatment may be possible for decades to come, presently the effects felt cause severe interference with life enjoyment. Having an attorney to help get the most compensation makes a large difference. After all, medical costs and other losses pile up fast.
Quadriplegia is one of the worse conditions that people can have. Certainly, it doesn’t get any worse only to be able to sit there stationary, with no real control over your body. So call one of the caring attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm. Receive a free, no-pressure consultation. Get your life back together now.
Treatises and Expert Works/Periodicals
High Level Quadriplegia: http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/39/11/705.full.pdf
Quadriplegia With Cervical Compression: http://pmj.bmj.com/content/73/860/381.full.pdf