“An injury to any of the seven (7) cervical vertebra above the first thoracic vertebrae that results not only in loss of feeling and function of the arms and legs, it can also cause severe pain, loss of bladder control, bowel control, muscle spasm, sexual dysfunction, loss of fertility, as well as shortened lifespan.”
The Pain of Quadriplegia Affects Everyone
A loving family member at the side of a paralysis victim is a great resource. These wives, husbands, parents, and children are vital to recovery but are also placed under tremendous stress. This can be even more stressful if the victim was the primary breadwinner. The ability to pay bills and live the same way as before can become unsustainable. Those that have become crippled are often left destitute, with some facing homelessness and discrimination. When hurt in such a manner, both the victim and their family can suffer depression and PTSD.
Children handicapped in accidents can see their lives turned upside down. If their parents were similarly hurt, they could lose their jobs, their businesses, or even the people around them. The list of issues can multiply and spiral out of control. This is why legal counsel to fight on your behalf is so necessary. The skilled attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm PC are specialized in dealing with cases like this and have won hundreds of cases worth millions for victims and their families. Our Los Angeles based practice has represented clients up and down California and stand ready to assist immediately.
Our firm’s specialty is to deal with neurological damage to the spine, including partial and total paralysis. We are experienced at organizing all of the information regarding the injury and accident that caused it and preparing it for the court. We spend hours crafting arguments for juries and judges and consult with investigators, surgeons, and accident reconstructionists.
Our assistance can help the victim receive treatment from and get testimony from a neuropsychologist, neuropsychiatrist, life care planner, a vocational rehabilitationist, and those that can determine wages lost and damages done. We are willing to front the costs to hire these specialists to increase your chances of victory.
Our firm has the experience and foresight to know how to explain these issues to a jury and receive the maximum payout possible. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is a disabled former Marine that feels the pain of those suffering from these conditions. Let our staff work on your behalf.
Quadriplegia is often the result of negligence or carelessness. Quadriplegia generally occurs when the spinal cord is severed from the shoulder and neck area. The result can destroy both mobility and feeling of the body. These can happen in car and motorcycle accidents of falls. Often these can occur at work, on the road, due to defective products, medical malpractice, or as the result of a serious infection. If a major issue was missed by your doctors, such as hematomas, spinal compressions or infection or condition readily discoverable, they could be liable.
Almost half of back injuries are caused by auto accidents. Many of these are severe and could lead to serious spinal damage. There have been cases where this is caused due to malfunctions (Toyota accelerating, for example) or faulty seatbelts or lapbelts. This can lead to paralysis (defined here), as happens to 6,500 American annually. Another 130,000 live with the condition, causing tremendous stress to themselves and loved ones.
Examples of Real Victims and Causation
Many of the victims of paralysis are or were major members of society. Christopher Reeve was hurt falling off of a horse and scientist Stephen Hawking was paralyzed due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other causes are seen every day, such as the American wheelchair rugby player Mark Zupan, injured in a car accident.
On Jan. 4, 2001, Leon Bostick was training at Gold’s Gym Venice when weights fell and broke his neck resulting in permanent disability and a huge bad faith award. The PV School District has hearing to see whether or not a paralyzed girl can even attend their school. In one case, a quadriplegic was stranded on a Disneyland ride. A poor girl was disabled in a car crash. A Pop Warner youth football player, who paralyzed making a tackle during a 2011 game, filed the first ever lawsuit over “head-first” tackling. These cases and others show the tremendous risk in the LA area alone for these types of injuries.
Often tetraplegia causes involuntary bodily functions, such as respiratory conditions, digestion problems, uncontrollable coughing, and even causes excretion of body waste to become difficult, involuntary, or even impossible.
Potential treatments are in the works, which could possibly help those with paraplegia, including:
Unfortunately, these treatments are years away. Dealing with current pain and paralysis will need great care to guide through this terrible time.
In most of these cases, only the mouth remains fully functional. This can be seen with physicist Stephen Hawking in this lecture:
Unfortunately, those that suffer through this condition still need people to help them dress, feed them, and wash them for years.
Those that have been injured in this way are unlikely to be able to walk again and often have permanent nerve damage. While treatment may be possible in decades, the effects felt now can cause severe issues to life enjoyment. Having an attorney to help them get the most in compensation to pay for medical costs can make a large difference.
Quadriplegia is one of the worse conditions that people can have. Certainly, it doesn’t get any worse to only be able to sit there stationary, with no real control over your body. If you or a loved one was hurt like this due to someone else’s carelessness and need help, call one of the caring attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm for a free, no-pressure consultation to get your life back together.
Treatises and Expert Works/Periodicals
High Level Quadriplegia: http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/39/11/705.full.pdf
Quadriplegia With Cervical Compression: http://pmj.bmj.com/content/73/860/381.full.pdf
Prepared at the Highest Level: http://www.shepherdcentermagazine.org/assets/shep_sc_spring_2012_prepared_at_the_highest_level.pdf