Paraplegia Requires Specialized Care
By Michael Verna on February 15, 2018
A spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating accidents that a person can experience. Typically the result of a traumatic auto collision or from an error during a medical procedure, the results can be life-changing, especially when they involve paraplegia. Spinal cord injuries can create problems that are challenging both physically and emotionally. In addition to these obstacles, victims of spinal accidents also suffer financially. The need for lifelong care can be extremely expensive, and these costs should be covered by the negligent party. Bowles & Verna, LLP, in Oakland, CA, helps people who have been hurt as the result of the actions of another party recover all that they are entitled to receive.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries and Paraplegia
Among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries that result in paraplegia are:
- Car and truck accidents
- Improper medical care, surgery, or treatment
- Motorcycle crashes
- On the job injuries such as falls at construction sites
Any time the body experiences head-on trauma, blunt force trauma, or is involved in an accident with heavy machinery, a spinal cord injury is possible. In the most severe cases, this also includes partial paralysis, which is referred to as paraplegia when the loss of function is from the waist down. Victims suffering from paraplegia are wheelchair bound for the remainder of their lives and can experience bouts of depression and other emotional setbacks. Victims also require immediate medical treatment, usually have to undergo several surgeries, and must participate in physical therapy for the remainder of their lives. The costs of these needs are the responsibility of the culpable party and should be demanded in every case where the need exists.
Damages Available for Spinal Cord and Paraplegia Accidents
When a person is hurt by the negligent acts of another, the negligent party is responsible for payment of all damages. The idea is that when you are hurt by the actions of another person or entity, you should not also bear the costs of recovery. These damages include medical expenses, the cost of ongoing care and therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the possibility of payment of punitive damages.
Where to Find Assistance with Paraplegia
Bowles & Verna, LLP, has experience representing people hurt in all types of accidents. We frequently seek and obtain maximum compensation for our clients. Contact us online or call our office at (925) 935-3300.