Quadriplegia InformationQuadriplegia is a spinal cord injury that prevents you from being able to move your limbs. There is generally full paralysis of all four limbs, and you may be unable to move from the neck down. This condition often happens as a result of blunt trauma to the neck and spinal cord, and it can be permanent. Quadriplegic individuals often require many life-changing devices to get around, such as handicap ramps in their homes and vehicles, wheelchairs, specialized rooms in their houses, caretakers, service animals, and more. The condition can happen in almost any situation that damages your neck and spinal cord. It is most often attributed to car crashes and falls, which make up a combined 68% of quadriplegia cases. Some causes include:
- Medical injuries: There are doctors, surgeons, nurses, caretakers, and more who can cause you to suffer quadriplegia by making errors. Surgical errors and a lack of attention during therapy can cause neck and spinal cord injuries that are permanent.
- Workplace injury: Falls can happen to construction workers, roofers, carpenters, warehousemen, and more. It is not uncommon for these individuals to slip and fall or fall from a ladder, resulting in heavy damage to their spinal cords.
- Automobile accident: A car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or any kind of crash can cause extreme bodily damages, especially at high speeds or in head-on collisions. Victims may be paralyzed from the neck down, waist down, or suffer severed limbs.
- Falls: In addition to falls at the workplace, falls can occur in restaurants, stores, malls, sidewalks, apartments, parks, and more. There may be merchandise in aisles, ice on streets, water on tile, tears in carpeting, holes or cracks in flooring, and other defects that could cause you to slip or trip, and landing on your neck or back can cause permanent damages.
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How to Prove Negligence in Your CaseA quadriplegia lawsuit can be difficult to win depending on the circumstances of your case. If you were injured from an accident, you must be able to show that the responsible party was negligent. All personal injury claims are based on negligence, but if any part of the lawsuit is shown to be false, the entire case will fall apart. The four points of negligence are as follows:
- You were owed a duty of care by the responsible party
- The duty of care was breached in some manner
- The breach of duty led to an accident of some kind
- The accident caused actual physical injuries
Statute of Limitations for a Quadriplegia ClaimA quadriplegia claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit, and therefore, has a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time frame of 2 years, you will be prevented from pursuing restitution in the future and will not be able to have any damages covered. Your claim will be thrown out and the responsible party would be off the hook. It is recommended that you take legal action as quickly as you can; the time limit is not that long, and the sooner you get started on your case, the more likely it is that all your evidence will be fresh and your memory and witnesses’ memories will not be foggy or unclear. There are scenarios in which your statute of limitations can be extended. The most common scenarios involve your age and health. If you are under the age of 18, you do not have to adhere to the statute until you turn legal age. If you were physically incapacitated, such as in a coma, or under an excessive amount of mental stress that would prevent you from taking legal action, you could wait until you return to functioning health and presence of mind before the statute begins to count down. Further, the defendant must be in the state if you plan to sue; if he is not, the deadline will freeze until he returns.
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Quadriplegia Lawsuit CompensationBecause of how damaging quadriplegia can be, you can receive a fair amount of compensation for your damages. Our expert lawyers will do all we can to bring you the compensation you deserve, and we will make sure that anything that may cost you a fair amount of money will be covered. Our goal is to bring you coverage for the following:
- Medical bills stemming from the accident as well as future treatment for your injuries (surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, personal attendant, rehabilitation, assistive devices like wheelchairs and home modifications)
- Property damage if your personal belongings were damaged in an accident
- Lost income, savings, and earnings if you were unable to work due to the incident, as well as compensation for future lost wages and loss of income because of an inability to work, a need to change careers, or other alteration to your job
- Pain and suffering damages (emotional trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, loss of enjoyment and happiness of life, and more)
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