An injury to the spinal cord can occur for a variety of reasons. Car accidents are among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traffic accidents are responsible for 48 percent of all spinal cord injuries in the United States every year.
WHAT IS PARALYSIS
Paralysis is a condition that involves a loss of muscle function in the body that may be accompanied by sensory loss, also referred to as loss of feeling. The term is derived from the Greek word that means disabling of the nerves. This is because it is usually due to damage to the nervous system that there is loss of motor function or sensory information.
PARALYSIS AND NERVE INJURY AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT
Car accidents can cause trauma such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). The force causing the injury may be the result of impact with another automobile, with the interior of a car, ejection from the automobile or the force of an accident that can cause the brain to collide with the bone of the skull. The severe blow to the head may prevent the brain from communicating with upper muscles and creates paralysis in those muscles.
A severe auto accident may also cause in a spinal cord injury. This type of injury occurs when there is injury to the vertebrae, ligaments, disks in the spinal or spinal cord. Pressure or puncturing force during an auto crash can cause a traumatic blow that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses the spinal cord which in turn prevents muscle control and resulting in paralysis.
Injuries sustained to an arm or leg during an auto accident can result in serious physical complications. Depending on the nature of the injury to the limb, an amputation may be required. However, if the limb is intact, and damage is sustained internally to the nerves preventing nervous systems ability to send messages, the limb may be effected by paralysis.
CATEGORIES OF PARALYSIS AFTER AUTO ACCIDENT
Paralysis is a medical emergency. Severe injuries that influence the ability for messages to be sent by the nervous system may create permanent damage. As the process coincides with extensive medical care and treatment, paralysis creates a great financial burden. Paralysis can cause problems with blood flow, breathing, how well your organs work, speaking or swallowing, sexual responses, or controlling the urge to go to the bathroom, depending on where you’re paralyzed and how bad it is.
Paralysis injuries can be categorized as follows:
Monoplegia: where one limb is paralyzed.
Hemiplegia: where the arm and leg on one side of the body are paralyzed.
Paraplegia: where both legs and sometimes the pelvis and some of the lower body are paralyzed.
Tetraplegia: where both the arms and legs are paralyzed (also known as quadriplegia).
INJURIES DUE TO PARALYSIS MAY LEAD TO SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES
Injury plaintiffs that have not been involved in accidents previously may not realize that the damages they’re entitled to receive may increase considerably depending on the severity of their injuries sustained. Damages for paralysis injuries may cover the following losses:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of marital consortium
- And more
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis in a California State car accident, you could be entitled for compensation for your injuries.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.