Philadelphia Paraplegia Lawyer
A sudden catastrophic accident that renders you or a loved one a paraplegic is one of the most devastating and life-changing events there is. Whether you are the person injured or you have a family member who was injured, neither of your lives will ever again be the same.
Those with paraplegia injuries in Philadelphia lose feeling and movement in their legs. The loss can be complete or incomplete depending on which vertebra in the spinal column was injured. The injury may be so severe that there is no feeling or movement in the legs going all the way up to the chest. Paraplegics do have use of their arms and hands.
Every year, approximately 15,000 suffer paraplegia injuries due to construction or vehicular accidents, including accidents involving cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles. Other causes are falls, violence and sports related accidents.
Need for medical treatment
In the initial aftermath of the devastating injury, the emphasis is on appropriate medical care. Immobilization of the injured area is required. Surgery or medications may be necessary. There is always a need for physical therapy. Other types of therapy, such as occupational therapy and general rehabilitation, will most likely be required as you learn to use a wheelchair and new ways to dress yourself.
As time goes on, you will learn there are many complications to a spinal cord injury that require ongoing medical care. A few of them involve:
- Skin problems from sitting in one position too long due to inability to feel any pain or discomfort.
- Lack of control of bowel and bladder.
- Sexual dysfunction in men and lack of feeling and sexual enjoyment for women.
- Blood pressure problems.
- Loss of sensory function.
- Breathing problems leading to frequent bouts of pneumonia.
- Other injuries go unnoticed due to lack of feeling and pain sensation.
Need for a Paraplegia Lawyer in Philadelphia
Due to the shock of the debilitating injury and the need for decisions to be made about types of treatment and rehabilitation, the idea of a personal injury lawsuit may get sent to the bottom of your mental list of things to do. In fact, filing a legal claim against the person negligently responsible for your injury needs to be given attention.
A paraplegia injury lasts a lifetime. Any improvement that occurs in the first six months is likely to be all the improvement there ever will be. There will always be increased costs of just daily living along with long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation. There will be lost wages due to a complete inability to work or a need to change careers. You should consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience in pursuing legal claims on behalf of those with spinal cord injuries. Just a few of the damages your Philadelphia paraplegia accident lawyer may recover for you include:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Lost wages for the time you are unable to work while recovering from your injury and the difference in what you will now be able to earn due to your disability and what you would have earned if you had not been injured.
- Cost of care for your lifetime. You may need a daily attendant to help you with activities of daily living. You may need a housekeeper to do tasks you are now unable to do for yourself.
- Pain and suffering due to the loss of your enjoyment of life.
The lifetime costs alone for a paraplegic are estimated to be several hundred thousand dollars. Eight years after the injury, 65 percent of those with spinal cord injuries are unemployed.
Damages awarded to people for their paraplegia injuries are generally in the millions. Some reports are that they vary from $5 million to $25 million depending on the severity of the injury and the age the person was at the time of the injury.
Our paraplegia attorneys in Philadelphia know how to get you the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.
Let the Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia paraplegia attorneys, serve you.