Legal Recovery For Devastating Quadriplegia Accidents
By Michael Verna on March 28, 2018
A spinal cord injury is a devastating injury, typically requiring a lifetime of ongoing medical care. Quadriplegia accidents involve extensive damage to the spinal cord, leaving a victim paralyzed from the waist down. The condition can be the result of a severe auto accident, motorcycle crash, or an on-the-job injury. If you or a loved one has been in a serious accident and suffered devastating injuries, the personal injury attorneys at Bowles & Verna, LLP, in San Francisco, CA, can help. We approach each case on an individual level and aggressively pursue the damages that you are entitled to receive.
Common Types Of Quadriplegia Accidents
Quadriplegia is one of the most serious types of injury an accident victim can sustain. This type of injury usually arises in the most grave of incidents, such as:
- Car and truck accidents: head-on collisions are one of the most significant types of car or truck accident, with victims often being thrown forcefully from the vehicle or into the steering column or windshield. Head first impact into windows or coming to rest on the pavement can cause damage to the spinal cord that cannot easily be treated. The result is often complete or partial paralysis, requiring a victim to adjust to a new way of life that includes ongoing care and therapy.
- Motorcycle accidents: even while wearing a helmet, when a biker is thrown from a cycle and hits the road there will be significant head trauma. The sudden contact with the roadway is blunt force trauma to the head, drastically damaging the spine and nerve tissue. When the nerves and portions of the spine are damaged in traumatic fashion, paralysis is likely.
- Construction site accidents: construction sites are full of hazardous conditions, presenting many opportunities for accidents. A fall from a ladder or loose scaffolding is tragic and usually causes catastrophic injuries.
Victims of these and other disastrous accidents are at risk for life-changing injuries. Quadriplegia is a condition that requires onsite care just to perform daily duties such as showering or getting dressed. Many quadriplegic patients are unable to return to work and earn a living, leaving family members forced to procure other sources of income.
Damages For Quadriplegia Accidents
If you or a family member has been in an accident that caused quadriplegia, you are entitled to recover damages that are sufficient to cover your needs. This includes the costs of medical care, therapy, lifelong treatment plans, lost wages, loss of earning capacity or recovery for decreased earnings, pain and suffering, and any other out of pocket expenses associated with the accident. In order to recover these damages, it is imperative to establish liability and make a demand for compensation from the responsible party. Failure to abide by safe driving laws, provide a safe work environment, engaging in distracted or drunken driving patterns, or violation of trucking industry regulations are but a few of the ways a person or company can be liable for an accident. Competent evidence demonstrating these actions is required, and are discovered through careful review the facts by a competent attorney.
Who To Call For Help With Quadriplegia Accidents
Bowles & Verna LLP has experience representing people hurt in all types accidents. We work with our clients to develop an effective strategy aimed at maximizing recovery. Contact us online or call our office at (925) 935-3300 to find out more.