When victims sustain a spinal cord injury in an accident, they can experience paralysis. This condition can affect a person’s entire life. It is an incredibly debilitating and permanent injury that can have catastrophic consequences for the victim’s physical, emotional and financial well-being. Fortunately, victims of these accidents who have suffered this devastating injury may be entitled to significant compensation.
A Seattle paralysis incident attorney could help you recover the funds you need to cover past, present and future medical costs, as well as other damages you are owed. Whether you or your loved one has suffered from a spinal cord injury caused by another party’s reckless actions, it is vital to have a skilled lawyer on your side.
There are four primary regions of the spinal cord: cervical (the neck region), thoracic, lumbar and sacral. Each region affects different parts of the body, and each type of paralysis can be classified according to what body parts are affected.
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of car accidents, workplace incidents, sports accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. They can also be the result of medical malpractice, defective products or birthing complications. The list of situations that can lead to spinal cord injuries is endless.
The severity of spinal cord injuries varies and can be either temporary or permanent. The damage that occurs to the vertebrae and spinal column discs will determine what type of paralysis you will suffer from. In general, there are three types of paralysis: tetraplegia, quadriplegia and diplegia. The latter refers to both limbs and the lower part of the body being affected, and it is usually the result of a spinal cord injury that disrupts the messaging from the brain to the parts of the body that control movement.
An experienced Seattle spinal cord injury attorney can help you understand the different forms of paralysis and how they can impact your lifestyle and quality of life. They will also be able to identify the parties responsible and seek compensation from them for your losses.
Our client, Malvika Bhatia, was running to catch a bus in Seattle when she was struck by a First Student bus. She sustained a fractured spine and suffered from PTSD, a traumatic brain injury, and other injuries. Despite eyewitness testimony, First Student denied that the bus driver was at fault and argued that she ran in front of the bus.
Injuries that cause paralysis are traumatic for victims and their families. In addition to the loss of function and feeling in parts or all of their bodies, they have to cope with medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. It is important for victims to focus on healing and adjusting to their new lives, instead of worrying about how they are going to pay their bills. An experienced Seattle paralysis attorney can help them get the financial support they need to live comfortably.
A Seattle spinal cord injury attorney can take a number of steps to investigate the incident and prove the responsible party’s liability in a claim for financial compensation. They can request medical records, visit the scene of the injury and interview witnesses to preserve evidence before it is discarded or destroyed. They can even fight to prevent tampering of the evidence in court by seeking a protective order from the court.
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