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Quadriplegia Lawsuit

Spinal cord injury is the leading cause of quadriplegia – also known as tetraplegia – in the country. A traumatic injury or blow to the head, neck, or back can lead to paralysis of the torso and four limbs, leaving victims virtually completely immobile.  

The physical ability of a patient following a spinal cord injury depends on the location of the damage to the spinal cord and nerves. When any of the first eight cervical vertebrae (C1-C8) are injured, this results in loss of function of the limbs.  

Understanding quadriplegia injuries 

Those with a C4 or C5 injury usually maintain some mobility in the neck, head, or shoulders, while damage to the first three cervical vertebrae is the most devastating. In this type of quadriplegia, the sympathetic nervous system is comprised, meaning patients will need full-time help with the simplest of tasks, ranging from dressing and bathing to eating. In addition, their diaphragm muscles are paralyzed, requiring ventilator assistance. 

Unsurprisingly, quadriplegia exacts a heavy financial, emotional and physical toll on the victim and their loved ones. Ellis Law provides aggressive, results-focused advocacy to victims and families of catastrophic injury in Los Angeles.  

When negligence is to blame, the law affords remedies for pursuing money damages for medical treatment, in-home nursing care, loss of future earnings, disability, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other losses sustained. Reach out to discuss your options for filing a quadriplegia lawsuit. 

Quadriplegia: causes and grounds for litigation 

Becoming paralyzed from the neck down is devastating in its own right. But imagine if the injury was entirely preventable – caused by the reckless actions or carelessness of another party. Certain infections and medical conditions can cause paralysis of the limbs, but spinal cord injuries are responsible for the majority of quadriplegia injuries.  

Nearly 40 percent of spinal cord injuries happen in motor vehicle accidents. The rest are attributed to falls, violence, recreational sports, and incidents of medical malpractice. When quadriplegia is caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of an individual, business or entity, victims have grounds to seek legal recourse. 

Improve your chances of a successful legal recovery by working with an experienced catastrophic injury attorney at Ellis Law. 

Complications associated with quadriplegia 

Quadriplegics who are wheelchair-bound are more susceptible to a number of medical conditions and health complications, including: 

  • Respiratory problems 
  • Bladder and bowel incontinence 
  • Pressure sores 
  • Urinary tract infections 
  • Susceptibility to infection and pneumonia  
  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Impaired digestion 
  • Depression 

While filing a quadriplegia case cannot restore a victim’s health to its original state, a settlement or verdict can ease financial burdens and allow the family to address the immense medical costs. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a 50-year old person with severe quadriplegia can expect to pay over $2,500,000 in healthcare and living costs over their lifetime. 

What is a quadriplegia lawsuit worth? 

Past trial verdicts and settlements for quadriplegic cases in California indicate a pattern of high damage awards – some reaching more than $10 million. A lawsuit can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages and will account for things like: 

  • past and future medical expenses 
  • long-term rehabilitation  
  • home modifications 
  • assistive devices like wheelchairs 
  • in-home nursing care 
  • pain and suffering 
  • Lost earning capacity 
  • loss of enjoyment of life 
  • loss of spousal consortium 

Catastrophic injury lawyers helping you 

At Ellis Law, our Los Angeles accident lawyers understand the long-term costs of spinal cord injury that can overwhelm a family. If a loved one was rendered quadriplegic in an accident, and you need a tough legal team with a proven record of winning results, call our office for a free consultation. 

With over $350 million in settlements secured for our clients, we’re prepared to seek justice on your behalf. There are no upfront legal fees, and you never pay a dime unless we recover compensation in your claim.