Life can change in the blink of an eye for many people involved in accidents that lead to spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord plays an integral role in the central nervous system, and therefore any injury to the spinal cord often leads to partial or complete paralysis.
Quadriplegia is the most severe form of paralysis which can occur after a spinal cord injury and often requires ongoing medical care after the injury occurs. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a severe accident leading to quadriplegia, do not hesitate to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Quadriplegia Causes and Treatment
Quadriplegia often occurs as the result of a severe car accident or an accident which results in a fall. If the spinal cord is injured above the first thoracic vertebra, quadriplegia is often the result. Different from paraplegia, quadriplegia affects all four limbs as well as abdominal and chest muscles. This type of injury will affect the degree to which the limbs are affected. Many spinal cord injuries lead to “incomplete” quadriplegia, where a victim has minimal use of some of his or her limbs. However, complete quadriplegia will require ongoing medical care.
The spinal cord is responsible for sending sensory signals to the brain and all limbs and organs within the body. Therefore, even slight damage to the spinal cord can have a devastating impact on the ability of the body to function as normal. In quadriplegic injuries, an individual will not only lose the ability to control their limbs but could also affect fertility, bowel and bladder control, and the respiratory system.
Quadriplegia is often the most difficult form of paralysis to treat. Many quadriplegics require round-the-clock care to do even the most basic daily tasks. The estimated health care and living expenses for quadriplegics in the first year ranges from approximately $750,000 to $1,000,000. After the first year, the ongoing yearly costs are estimated to drop to between $100,000 and $200,000. The average person does not have that type of money. Additionally, many employers will not keep an injured party on their insurance plans after sustaining this type of injury which leads to further cost complications.
The psychological and emotional devastation after a spinal cord injury can often cause the injured party to lose hope. He or she is often not responsible for these injuries, and a claim for damages can be brought against the person responsible for the accident to cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing healthcare
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you and your family project out the potential future costs of your health care as well as the overall financial impact quadriplegia will have on your family. Quadriplegia is not an illness that can be easily recovered from. It requires ongoing medical care.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident leading to quadriplegia, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys can assist you in putting together claims for your injuries and related expenses. We understand that these accidents often require a complete change in your daily routine, and we will work together with you and our experts to develop a claim that addresses your needs. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.