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Effects of Quadriplegia Injuries
Quadriplegia refers to paralysis of all four limbs. It differs from paraplegia, which is paralysis of the lower body, which can be just the legs or the legs and torso, but does not include the arms. The condition is usually the result of a serious spinal cord injury above the first thoracic vertebra, or the uppermost vertebra in the middle section of the spine. This portion of the spine contains nerve centers that control a number of bodily functions, including movement of the arms and legs. In most cases, quadriplegia injuries are permanent.
68% of all paralysis injuries in the U.S., including quadriplegia, are caused by car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or slip and falls.
The financial consequences of quadriplegia can be as life-altering as the injury itself. Victims and their families can face long-term expenses such as:
- accessibility technology,
- breathing aids,
- in-home health services,
- surgical procedures,
- wheelchair equipment,
- and more.
When your life is changed dramatically and permanently because of someone else’s negligence, the one’s responsible should be held responsible for the expenses related to your injury. Our quadriplegia accident attorneys will do our best to ensure your claim compensates you for past and future accident-related expenses.
Can Quadriplegia Be Cured?
Some cases of quadriplegia may cause only partial loss of function, rather than total loss of function. These injury victims may have some movement or sensation in the affected areas and may be able to regain limited function over time with physical therapy. However, there is no cure for quadriplegia and even victims with partial rather than total loss of function will still need significant assistance to perform daily tasks.
Why You Need a Quadriplegia Lawyer
It can be extremely difficult to calculate the necessary damages to compensate a victim of a permanent injury like quadriplegia. In a typical personal injury case, economic damages will include the cost of the medical treatment the victim required as well as any wages lost during their recovery. But for a permanent injury, compensation should also include the cost of all future medical treatment related to their paralysis, as well as compensation for all lost future income because of their paralysis.
Victims of permanent disabling injuries also deserve compensation for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and reduced quality of life.
An experienced quadriplegia injury lawyer should review any offer you receive from the insurance company before you accept. If you accept the initial settlement, it may not be possible to get more money later, even if what you received falls far short of what you need to pay your quadriplegia-related expenses.
Get the Legal Help You Need
If you’re facing settlement negotiations with an insurance adjuster, you’re dealing with a skilled professional employed to protect the insurance company’s profits. At Ponce Law, we’re here to serve you. We have the experience to push back on the big insurance companies so you can get the compensation you deserve. Don’t wait, give us a call today.