Posted on Jun 10, 2014 12:00am PDT

Paraplegia Cases: Catastrophic Injuries and Your Legal OptionsAt the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, our auto accident attorneys take all cases of injury and negligence seriously. In helping clients throughout the Sacramento, Roseville, Chico, and Redding area, we've found that accident victims need advocates on their side who will fight diligently for them and their needs to matter what. This is why we will refuse to back down until the negligent party is held accountable.

This tenacity is especially important for cases in which an accident victim has become paraplegic as a result of their injuries. Let's take a moment right now to consider why these kinds of incidents need to be taken very seriously.

Defining Paraplegia

Paraplegia refers to the loss of sensation and the loss of use of the lower extremities. This is caused by severe injury to the lower back or middle portion of the back. Many people who become paraplegic are confined to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.

Common Causes of Paraplegia

Some of the most common accidents that cause paraplegia include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Falls from great heights
  • Assaults
  • Sports injuries
  • Diseases
  • Medical/surgical mistakes

The Day-to-Day Struggles Faced By Paraplegics

Paraplegics face many challenges as they get around. Since they are confined to wheelchairs for basic mobility, their travel times are increased and their general travel experience is one of relative inconvenience. This is especially true when accident victims are taking mass transit to get around.

Even though many strides have been made for businesses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, basic accessibility remains a problem at many businesses, whether they be stores or restaurants. A loved one may need to assist the accident victim with basic tasks around the home as well as when outdoors running errands.

Major Changes In Your Quality of Life

In addition to everyday tasks, employment options for paraplegics are necessarily limited. If an injury victim had a job that involved manual labor before the tragic accident, that sort of job will no longer be a possibility after the accident has occurred. If this is the trade for which the accident victim has trained all of his or her life, this can make finding a new job very hard. It's not uncommon for people who have lost the use of their legs to feel depressed about the loss of the use of their limbs.

How Our Legal Team Can Help Accident Victims and Their Loved Ones

Our lawyers believe in just compensation when a person has suffered a serious injury of any kind, especially one with long-term implications such as paraplegia. We will note all of the circumstances of your case and determine a fair amount of money to seek in order to cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical rehabilitation/therapy
  • Damage to property
  • Lost future wages based on earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

We will also seek punitive damages when applicable so that the negligent party is dissuaded from acting in such a manner again.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

For more information about your legal options following serious and catastrophic injury accidents, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm today. Our entire firm is committed to helping you and your loved ones in such trying times and holding negligent parties responsible for their actions.

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