Causes of ParaplegiaThere are numerous ways that you can suffer paraplegia. The lower-body paralysis can easily happen as a result of trauma or it can be a result of gradual problems. The spinal cord is fragile, and damages at different levels can greatly impact your ability to walk, at times permanently. Some of the types of incidents that can lead to paraplegia include:
- Slip and fall: You may slip and fall or trip and fall anywhere, whether on wet floors at a grocery store, on the sidewalk during a snow storm, on loose carpeting in someone’s apartment building, and more. The damage to your back and spine can cause you to no longer walk.
- Work accident: A workplace injury resulting in paraplegia can happen from falls, trips, impacts, and more. Carpenters and construction workers are at high risk for falls, for example. Additionally, occupations like security guards and police officers may face traumas, gunshots, and more.
- Auto accident: A car accident or truck accident can easily cause intense damages to your body, including your neck and spinal cord. Paraplegia’s most common cause can be attributed to automobile accidents.
- Medical malpractice: Doctors who are operating on you may mistakenly cause irreversible damage to your spine, and nurses who are supposed to be taking care of you could be negligent in their duties and not notice infections that could compromise your health. There are many ways that healthcare professionals can cause paraplegia, whether directly or indirectly.
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Restitution for Your Paraplegia InjuryIf you suffered an injury that resulted in paraplegia, you could receive ample compensation for your damages. The results of such an injury are usually permanent and can alter your life in every way possible. It is only fair that you receive adequate coverage, especially if the damages were caused by the negligence of another party. Our team of paraplegia attorneys will make sure that you are given the maximum settlement available for your lawsuit, including coverage for:
- Medical expenses from the past and future, including surgery fees, hospitalization costs, ambulatory transportation, medication, physical therapy sessions, caretaking, and more
- Lost income from the past and future, especially if you needed to take a lot of time off to deal with your injury, recover from it, or if you have to outright change career paths because of the damages
- Property damage if your personal belongings were lost, broken, or damaged in an accident
- Pain and suffering damages to cover PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional trauma, and more
- Punitive damages if you were the victim of gross negligence or an intention to cause harm, but these damages are commonly viewed as excessive and can only be won by an expert lawyer with expertise in paraplegic cases
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Time Limit on Paraplegia LawsuitsIn the State of California, you only have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit for your paraplegia damages. If you miss this deadline, you will be prevented from pursuing compensation in the future. The statute exists so that claims will not stagnate or take too long to get solved; the longer a claim sits, the more likely it is that key information will be lost or forgotten. There are some important notes about the statute of limitations, though. If your paraplegia were caused as a result of medical malpractice, you will have 1 year from the discovery of the injury or 3 years from the injury itself to sue. This is slightly different from the normal statute of limitations. Further, if you were underage or mentally or physically incapacitated at the time of the injury, you could wait until you turn 18 years old or return to health to adhere to the statute – it won’t start until that date, regardless. Moreover, the defendant’s location will play a part in your statute. If he has left the state or the country, the time limit will be put on hold until he returned. This is to prevent him from simply running out the clock and escaping any punishment or liability. For assistance in filing a paraplegia claim, contact a paraplegia attorney at our law firm. You will not have to worry about missing any deadlines or time limits.
Why Hire an AttorneyMany times, victims afflicted with paraplegia will try to handle their cases themselves or will ask a family member or loved one to go through with on their behalves. However, we do not recommend this. You very likely will not have the legal experienced needed to negotiate a fair settlement from the insurance agent, and you may also lack the time, knowledge, and funds. It can be a pricy affair to go through with a lawsuit by yourself, and if you are not careful, the insurance agent can simply ignore all your requests or give you a tiny offer to make you go away. It is not uncommon for insurance agents to behave this way; after all, they want to preserve profits, and if you are unable to effectively demonstrate why you should be compensated – and do so repeatedly – you will have a hard time with your case. This is why we believe you should contact a law office with expertise in paraplegic cases. You will not have to worry about anything throughout the legal process. Your only focus will be recovering as much as you can and getting used to a different life. We will make sure that you are comfortable and do not have any stresses, as additional stress can delay your recovery or worsen your condition. Contact our firm to get in touch with a lawyer with experience in paraplegic cases who can handle your claim for you.
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