A spinal injury can be a devastating impact on anyone’s life. Whether the injury was a result of a car accident, slip & fall, or other form of accident, the lifetime medical expenses and mental & emotional strain can be overwhelming. If you or a family member is a victim of a spinal injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries or loss to maintain medical expenses as well as damages from pain & suffering. Those suffering from quadriplegic & paraplegic conditions as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another may be eligible for this compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spinal cord can result either in full or partial loss of motor control and sensation of the body. In cases of paraplegia, victims are left in a paralyzed state from the waist down. While in cases of quadriplegia, victims are left in a paralyzed state from the shoulders down or all four limbs. Damage to the spinal cord can result in numerous permanent and serious health difficulties for victims. Everything from breathing, body temperature, and overall motor functions are controlled by the spinal cord.
An injury to the spine is generally a result of some type of blunt trauma or blow to the spine that caused a devastating impact. Common causes are the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents (42.1% of spinal cord injuries)
- Slip & Falls (26.7% of spinal injuries)
- Violent Acts (15.1% of spinal injuries)
- Recreational sports (7.6% of spinal injuries)
What to Expect for Compensation
Due to a spinal cord injury being a life-changing injury, the extent of a money-based award generally goes above and beyond reimbursements for medical expenses. Compensation will generally consist of ongoing healthcare and rehabilitation, the cost of assisted devices like wheelchairs, and modifications to the victim’s home to accommodate new needs such as access ramps or stair lifts.
At Baggett McCall, we have years of experience in representing clients who suffer from quadriplegia or paraplegia as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in your being left a quadriplegic or paraplegic, Contact Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson, Gaughan & Andrus, L.L.C. in Lake Charles, Louisiana for a free consultation, or call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now to speak directly with an experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.