Loss of mobility and loss of bodily function are two of the most serious outcomes in any accident. Some victims are unable to move due to full or partial paralysis, while others face challenges in day-to-day life due to the loss of a limb.
If you or a loved one suffered paralysis or an amputation injury due to another party’s negligence, you need an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer who will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Patrick Daniel Law is strategic, meticulous, and merciless in our pursuit of justice for clients who suffer serious injuries including quadriplegia, paraplegia, and amputation. Please call (713) 999-6666 today for a free consultation. Our lawyers serve clients in Houston, Texas, and nationwide.
A variety of factors can cause paralysis. Many paralysis cases are caused by physical trauma such as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.
Some of the most common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries that can result in paralysis include:
Paralysis is not always permanent. The victim may recover muscle control over time and with rehabilitation. However, an accident-related injury to the brain or the spinal cord may result in permanent impairment.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam to gauge function and sensation, as well as order tests such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans, and EMG (electromyography, which records muscle activity when the nerves are stimulated). The severity of paralysis is classified by how much of the body is affected. Sometimes only one limb (monoplegia) or one side of the body (hemiplegia) becomes paralyzed.
The two most extreme forms of paralysis are paraplegia and quadriplegia.
Paraplegia refers to paralysis of both legs. Bladder and bowel function may also be compromised.
Paraplegia is generally caused by injury to the thoracic vertebrae in the upper back or injury to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. Sensation, function, and mobility are lost below the site of the trauma.
Victims of paraplegia may experience:
Accident victims who suffer paraplegia generally face permanent challenges. They are often confined to a wheelchair and may require assistance with day-to-day tasks.
Quadriplegia (also referred to as tetraplegia) is paralysis affecting all of the limbs. Bodily functions below the neck, including processes of the heart, lungs, and other organs, may also be affected.
Not all instances of quadriplegia result in full paralysis from the neck down. The extent of the paralysis will depend on the location of the trauma (generally involving the cervical vertebrae in the neck) and the severity of the injury.
Victims of quadriplegia may experience:
An injury resulting in quadriplegia can turn the lives of the victim and his or her family upside-down. Victims may be bedridden, require around-the-clock care, and often need special equipment to assist with mobility and everyday activities.
Some victims suffer the loss of a limb in the accident itself. Others may require amputation after the fact due to the severity of their injuries.
No matter the case, the loss of a limb is a life-changing trauma. Even in instances where the limb is successfully reattached, victims may still experience significant loss of function and psychological distress.
Attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law assist clients who suffer amputation injuries as a result of:
Whether it’s a toe or a finger, a hand or a foot, or an arm or a leg, traumatic amputation is a medical emergency. Doctors will focus on controlling the bleeding and stabilizing the patient before evaluating the possibility of reattachment.
If the limb cannot be reattached, treatment after amputation will focus on healing the wound, managing pain, and preventing infection. After the wound is healed, you may require extensive rehabilitation, including being fitted with a prosthetic limb.
Paralysis and amputation injuries are life-altering events. They are commonly accompanied by major physical, mental, and financial challenges. As a result, the damages in cases involving these serious injuries are often significant.
If an individual, a corporation, or another party is responsible for your injuries, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden by yourself. You may be entitled to compensation for:
At least one insurance company will likely be involved in your case, and they will try to pay you as little as they can. Given the far-reaching consequences of paralysis or losing a limb, it is crucial that you not settle for less.
Instead, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will act in your best interest at all times and build an effective case on your behalf that seeks to maximize your compensation.
Some lawyers and law firms are known for settling cases. At Patrick Daniel Law, our results tell a different story.
The attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law are committed to winning cases. This means meticulously preparing every claim as though it will go to trial, and mercilessly advocating for our clients to be awarded every dollar in compensation they deserve.
To ensure we deliver the highest quality of knowledge and service, our legal team stays on the leading edge of legal and medical developments concerning paralysis and amputation injuries. We enlist top experts to review the evidence and provide authoritative opinions on the cause and extent of your injury.
As a result, the strategy in your claim is unique to the facts of your case, as well as your individual concerns and goals. Your lawyer and our team are always available if you have any questions about your case.
If you or a loved one became paralyzed or lost a limb in an accident, you might not be sure what to do next. Your independence, your ability to earn a living, and much more may be irrevocably altered. However, in spite of your injuries, you still have the power to choose qualified legal counsel to represent your interest and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with claims involving paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation, and other types of serious injuries. Please call (713) 666-9999 today for a free consultation. Patrick Daniel Law serves clients in and around the Houston area, all of Texas, and throughout the country.