Paraplegia & Quadriplegia
Our law firm is devoted to helping those severely injured get full compensation from those responsible for causing injury. As trial lawyers, we seek full compensation for clients in each and every case – we do not accept cases with the goal of trying to achieve a low, quick settlement.
It Is Critical to Retain Experienced Trial Lawyers for Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Injuries
Paraplegia and quadriplegia (sometimes also referred to as “tetraplegia”) injuries will almost certainly affect a victim for the remainder of their lifetime. In severe injuries, the costs of care can easily climb into the millions of dollars. In addition, those severely injured will experience a dramatic change in life; often going from being fully independent to having to rely on caregivers around the clock.
One Opportunity to Recover for a Lifetime of Costs
It is important to understand that while paraplegia and quadriplegia damages will last a lifetime, there is only one opportunity to seek full compensation for those responsible. As a result, not only is it our job to fully prove causation against all defendants so that full compensation can be obtained from each of them based upon their legal responsibility, it is also imperative to prove the full extent of all damages that are likely to be incurred for the remainder of the client’s life.
Future Damage Calculations are Difficult, and Defendants are Likely to Vigorously Challenge the Amounts Claimed
For example, if a person suffering from quadriplegia will require constant care for the remainder of his or her life, a number of variables will need to be considered in obtaining full compensation:
How much does such care costs today?
What care is required?
What expenses are currently required?
What is the expected rate of inflation for care and expenses?
How many years of care will be required (or what is the expected lifespan of the injured
In addition, recovering full compensation will take into consideration issues concerning:
Other non-care costs
Loss of consortium and companionship
These are only a few of the many questions that need to be addressed in seeking full compensation.
Retaining Leading Experts for Our Clients
In order to prove the case for our clients, when long-term care and future damage issues are at stake, we will typically retain experts including physicians, other health care providers, lost wage experts, vocational experts, and actuaries to opine on these matters. It is important to retain leading experts in cases where there are substantial damages at stake, as the defendants can be expected to retain their own experts to vigorously contest the amount that we believe to be fair.
Recovering for Loss of Consortium, Companionship, and Lifestyle Matters
Tragically, those suffering from paraplegia or quadriplegia are typically thrust from independent living to living in a wheelchair in an instant. In extreme cases, quadriplegia victims may have little or no movement below the neck, and may even need a ventilator full time.
Following their accident, not only will the lives of the victim be impacted, so too will be their relationship and interaction with family. Spouses may no longer be able to enjoy the level of intimacy as they formally had. Mothers and fathers may not be able to physically care for younger children, or to enjoy activities such as playing catch in the park.
Those affected by severe injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, deserve to be fully compensated for these unforeseen life changes.
In litigation and at trial, we will demand full compensation for injury victims and their families. We will want the defendants, and jurors, to understand the full effect that our clients have suffered so that appropriate damages will be paid or awarded.
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We would invite you to call our firm for a free consultation to learn about your rights and opportunities for seeking full compensation from those who may be legally responsible for causing paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other injury. At our meeting we can answer any questions that you may have, and let you know about how we will proceed on your behalf if we are retained to represent you.
As we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, we are only compensated if we are successful in achieving compensation for our clients. We also will advance costs on behalf of our clients so that they do not have to come out of pocket for any costs or fees for their case while their matter is proceeding.