Paralysis is often the result of a spinal cord injury acquired in accidents, such as those caused by motor vehicle, construction accidents, slip and falls, and many others. It is a permanently life-altering injury that compromises the victim’s quality of life. Living accommodations often need to be made, as well at home care.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence and the resulting injury was paralysis, then you may have the ability to file a personal injury claim. With the help of a Marin County paralysis attorney at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, & Schoenberger you can secure the compensation you need to cover your lost wages, medical expenses, and any other costs associated with your injury.
Why Choose Us
- We have maintained an unrivaled record of acquiring multimillion-dollar results for our injured clients, including a $5.65M settlement on behalf of a motorcycle collision victim who suffered paraplegia.
- Our extensive experience of nearly 60 years representing paralysis victims will ensure that you are treated fairly by insurance companies and that you are paid the full and fair value of your case.
- Paralysis clients do not have to pay any money up front, we will handle all expenses related to your case and will only get paid when we win.
What are the Types of Paralysis?
There are two main forms of paralysis:
Impairment or loss of motor and sensory function in the lower extremities, which can lead to the loss of bladder and bowel control, the loss of sexual function, and an increased risk of infection, pneumonia, thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
Loss of control, sensation, and movement in the extremities, including the arms and legs. The lungs, abdominal and chest muscles, and a number of internal organs, can also be affect. Additional symptoms can include difficulty breathing, loss of sexual function, loss of bladder and bowel control, as well as muscle spasms.
The Effects of Paralysis
Whether paralysis is permanent or temporary, it can be devastating for the person experiencing it. Total or partial permanent paralysis will change the victim’s life forever. Lengthy rehabilitation and physical therapy is often required in order to attempt to regain any possible function. A walker, wheelchair, or hospital bed will most likely be needed, as well as home modifications, and at-home personal or medical care. If the victim is an elderly individual, they may need to be moved to a nursing home to receive constant help with even basic functions, such as personal hygiene.
Maintaining employment may no longer be an option, therefore the only source of income may be disability insurance payments or government assistance.
Paralysis may also lead to secondary effects, such as:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Chronic pain
- Life-threatening blood clots
- Respiratory issues
- Loss of sexual function
- Muscle spasms or stiffness
Lifetime medical and living expenses for victims of paralysis can easily escalate into millions of dollars, according to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). After suffering such a catastrophic injury, speaking to a Marin County paralysis attorney is paramount in recovering the compensation that will be needed for you and your family.
When Should You File a Paralysis Lawsuit?
Under California’s statute of limitations, the clock starts ticking immediately after an injury has been endured. Per California Code of Civil Procedure sections 312-366, wrongfully injured victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Medical malpractice paralysis victims have three years to pursue legal action or one year after discovering the injury. With birth injury paralysis claims, they may be filed up until the child turns 18.
Contacting and hiring a Marin County paralysis attorney to advocate for you promptly after an injury causing paralysis is crucial to securing the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Our Marin County Paralysis Lawyers Can Help
We understand how detrimental a paralysis injury can be on you and your family’s lives. We will fight to obtain the compensation that will be needed for the rest of your life. Call or contact our personal injury attorneys in Marin County online to schedule a free consultation today.