At Broadway Law Firm, we provide powerful legal representation for clients who have been paralyzed due to the actions of others. Our Los Angeles lawyers have decades of experience handling spinal cord injury cases throughout Southern California. Paralysis will challenge you and your family unlike anything ever has, a truly catastrophic injury. Our attorneys will be by your side, fighting to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
A Basic Explanation of Paralysis
Paralysis occurs when damage to the spinal cord prevents signals from moving from the brain down the spinal cord and to other areas of the body. If the spinal injury is “complete,” that means the person will have a total lack of motor and sensory function in the affected parts of the body. If the injury is “incomplete,” the person may retain some function and feeling because some signals are still able to travel from the brain to the affected area.
Loss of movement and feeling are the most obvious results of paralysis, but they are far from the only complications. A paralyzed person may experience reduced blood flow and heart rate, blood clots, difficulty breathing, loss of muscle tissue, loss of bone density, loss of bladder or bowel control, trouble swallowing, and many other problems. It is easy to understand why paralysis is such a catastrophic injury [link to new Catastrophic Injuries page].
Handling All Types of Paralysis Cases
Broadway Law Firm has successfully represented clients in cases involving all five of the main forms of paralysis:
- Quadriplegia : Occurs when the body is paralyzed below the neck. You may also see it referred to as tetraplegia.
- Paraplegia : This usually, but not always, means paralysis of the lower body. The injuries causing paraplegia usually happen in the person’s lower or mid-back area.
- Hemiplegia : The refers to paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side of the body.
- Diplegia : The same area on both sides of the body is paralyzed, such as both arms or both legs.
- Monoplegia : Paralysis of a single limb.
Paralysis can occur under many different circumstances, particularly when negligence is involved. Our Los Angeles team has represented clients who were paralyzed in car accidents, construction site accidents, slip-and-falls, workplace accidents and due to medical malpractice.
Why Compensation is so Critical for Paralysis Victims
According to recent statistics, the cost of living with paralysis is as follows:
- Complete quadriplegia : $1.1 million in the first year and $185,000 every year thereafter.
- Incomplete quadriplegia : $770,000 in the first year and $113,000 every year thereafter.
- Paraplegia : $519,000 in the first year and $69,000 every year thereafter.
Few families have the resources to cover these levels of expense, and insurance may not cover everything. And these numbers do not account for the patient’s emotional pain and suffering. For these reasons, a personal injury lawsuit is a viable option for anyone who was paralyzed as a result of someone else’s actions.
Reach Out to a Southern California Paralysis Injury Attorney
At Broadway Law Firm, we believe paralyzed people deserve a legal team that will fight for them. Our Los Angeles paralysis attorneys will not rest until justice is served. Get a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers by calling 213.354.7129 or send us an email. We can visit your home if you are unable to travel.