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Paraplegia Lawsuit

Paraplegia describes paralysis of the legs and lower body. While this condition can be caused by a congenital condition or degenerative disease — we, as Los Angeles accident lawyers, are most interested in paralysis caused by negligent, reckless, or malicious catastrophic injury. Our plaintiffs have become paralyzed following a motor vehicle accident, a slip/trip/fall on another person’s property, or a workplace incident. When another person or entity contributes to the cause of a life-impacting injury, a paraplegia lawsuit may be necessary to right the scales of justice.   

Should you file A paraplegia lawsuit? 

Paraplegia cases are among our Los Angeles law firm’s largest recoveries. You may be eligible to file if: 

  • Another person was responsible for creating a hazardous situation. 
  • This hazardous situation directly caused you to become paralyzed. 
  • Your paralysis can be verified by a treating physician and diagnostic imaging. 
  • You have lost money in medical expenses and lost wages due to your injury. 

Paraplegia cases related to minors or incapacitated victims may require caregivers to file on behalf of the injured. Damages in these cases include compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses and lost wages. The largest portion of the settlement or jury award typically relates to an estimated amount of “pain and suffering,” which encompasses everything from depression, anxiety, and emotional suffering, to the loss of hobbies, physical pain of disability, and the burdensome reliance on caregivers.   

Types of paraplegia injuries 

Paraplegia injury typically affects both legs, the hips, and pelvis. It can be a substantial-but-temporary impairment in functioning and movement, or it can be a total and permanent condition. The reality of paraplegia varies from person to person. Some cannot feel their legs or walk. They may not be able to use the bathroom without assistance or perform sexual acts. In every case, paraplegics must undergo physical therapy to retrain the brain and spinal cord to work around limitations, strengthen muscles, and bolster nerve connections. 

What expenses arise if you’re paralyzed? 

Nearly 1 in 50 people are living with paralysis. That means some 760,000 people are paralyzed in the State of California. Sudden paralysis caused by spinal cord injury can cost $5 million or more over the course of a lifetime, according to Huffington PostThe first year alone can exceed $518,000 in medical expenses, according to the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation.  

Paraplegics often require spinal surgery, the use of a ventilator, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, long-term home aides, assistive technology like wheelchairs, and painkillers. Spinal cord injury patients may need to travel out of town or even out of state to receive top-of-the-line care, resulting in hidden incidentals like transportation, accommodations, food, and other travel expenses.  

One year after injury, just 11.7% of people with paraplegia are employed. At 20 years, this figure increases modestly to just over a third. Loss of wages and lost earning potential is one of the most significant expenses for paraplegia injury survivors. The median wage in America is around $40,000. If we assume the injury occurs at age 25 and the survivor would have otherwise worked until 65, the loss in earning potential is valued at $1.6 million, not including advancements, sick pay, vacation time, medical insurance, retirement contributions, and other benefits gained through employment.     

How much are paraplegia settlements worth?  

An outcome cannot be guaranteed, but generally speaking, paraplegia settlements can be quite large ranging from the hundreds of thousands into the millions per plaintiff. The precise amount you receive depends upon the duration and severity of the injury, the amount of loss suffered, and the clarity of liability. Ultimately, much of the compensation rests upon the quality of the experts hired to make hypothetical assessments about future lost wages, medical expenses, and suffering. Aggressive litigators may pursue punitive damages in cases where the defendant was grossly negligent, reckless, or acting with true malice; this type of damage can bring a claim well into the millions of dollars. A paraplegia injury lawyer can pursue maximum damages, while you focus on your own personal recovery and mental health at this challenging time.   

Working with the right legal team makes a big impact on how much you can recover. The Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have secured more than $350 million for our personal injury clients. Contact us, risk-free, for your free case review. As a thriving, contingency-based L.A. firm, we cover all the upfront costs of the lawsuit, charging clients only if and when we are successful.