Lawyers who handle injury cases involving paraplegia and paralysis should be thoroughly educated as to the science and medicine behind this particular type of neurological injury. Certainly, spine injuries are difficult no matter whether you are involved in an automobile accident on a busy interstate or a bicycle injury on a suburban road. The difficulty is increased considerably, however, when the back injury results in paraplegia. The personal injury lawyers at McAleer Law Firm are specialized in cases where the plaintiff suffers paralysis, and are ready to assist these accident victims with medical and legal counsel.Paraplegia — An Overview
Paralysis of the portion of the body from the waist down is referred to in medical terms as paraplegia. Paraplegia usually occurs when damage is done to the spinal cord and can encompass either total or partial paralysis of the lower body. Paraplegic victims normally have a loss of feeling, as well as a loss of leg function, in the lower body. They can suffer from extreme pain and stinging from pinched nerves and frequently experience loss of bowel and bladder control.
Due to related medical complications that arise following paralysis, paraplegics have a shortened life expectancy. Most accidents involving paraplegia injuries are due to the negligence of an at-fault individual in situations, such as automobile, bicycle or motorcycle accidents; however, other hazards, such as an unsafe premises or a defectively manufactured product may also be the cause of an accident resulting in severe injury. In certain cases, paraplegia can be caused by blood-borne infections picked up during an inpatient hospitalization.
Medical expenses alone can run in to hundreds of thousands of dollars when factoring in hospital bills, doctor bills, prescription medications, physical therapy, surgeries and motorized vehicles for transportation. These figures would not include lost earnings if the victim is unable to return to his or her former line of work, as well as physical and mental pain and suffering.
Almost fifty percent (50%) of spinal cord injuries are caused by accidents involving motor vehicles. A third party may also be liable for negligence in many cases. For example, the at-fault driver may have been operating a vehicle with defectively manufactured tires, resulting in a blowout. In other instances, defective vehicle parts, such as seatbelts or braking systems, subject to a product recall may have been to blame.
Damages including the ones outlined above can be compensated through monetary recovery, which requires an experienced personal injury attorney.Quadriplegia — An Overview
Quadriplegia, also referred to as tetraplegia by medical professionals, is paralysis from the neck and shoulder area down as the result of an injury to any of the seven cervical, or neck, vertebrae, causing severing of the spinal cord. Like a victim who has experienced paraplegia as the result of an accident, someone suffering from quadriplegia will have loss of feelings in the legs and arms, extreme pain, muscle spasms, loss of bladder and bowel control, sexual dysfunction and decreased life expectancy. Additional problems can arise for quadriplegics, including complications with involuntary body functions involving the respiratory and digestive systems.
Quadriplegia is frequently a consequence of a reckless or negligent action that winds up resulting in an accident. Serious personal injuries happen daily in accidents involving cars, motorcycles or boats, and paralysis from the neck down is one of the most grave and life-changing injuries a victim can sustain. Certainly, scientists at the forefront of quadriplegia research strive every day to make technological breakthroughs that would allow for victims to achieve a complete rehabilitation; however, the reality is that most individuals who suffer from quadriplegia never regain their lost mobility.Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Our firm of skilled personal injury lawyers specializes in handling accident cases involving paralysis, whether the injuries stemmed from a motor vehicle accident, a swimming pool diving accident, or unsafe premises. We are experienced in negotiating settlements for accident insurance claims and obtaining maximum compensation for injured parties throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area and the state of Georgia who have been paralyzed as the result of an accident caused by the negligence of another. Call 404.MCALEER for advice on your case and protecting your rights.