Being injured in an accident to the point of paralysis is a devastating and life-changing event. Those suffering from this catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence may be entitled to compensation under California law. Since 1969, clients have trusted the skilled Sacramento paralysis lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger to represent them and fight for their rights.
Why Work With Us
- Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers have maintained an unrivaled record of acquiring multimillion-dollar results for our injured clients.
- Our team of paralysis attorneys are highly recognized in Northern California and have maintained a 98 percent success rate in their cases for the past 10 years.
- We are not scared to take on insurance companies in court and will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis can typically be caused by a brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a stroke, or a neurological condition. Depending on the number of limbs and the area of the body affected, types of paralysis are defined as follows:
- Monoplegia: A single area of the body, typically one limb is affected.
- Hemiplegia: An arm and leg on one side of the body is affected.
- Paraplegia: Below the waist, typically both legs, hips, and more are affected.
- Quadriplegia: Below the neck, typically all four limbs and the torso are affected.
Common Causes of Paralysis
The most common causes and accidents in which people become paralyzed are:
- Birth injury
- Car accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Physical assault
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Surgical error
- Workplace accident
How Do I Know if I Have a Case for Paralysis?
In order to hold a party responsible for suffering from paralysis, there must have been a negligent action completed by the party that directly resulted in the injury. There are four elements of negligence that the plaintiff (victim) must prove:
- Duty – The defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff in the specific situation in which the injury occurred.
- Breach – The defendant acted or failed to act in a way that breached that legal duty.
- Causation – The defendant’s actions or failure to act directly caused the plaintiff’s injury.
- Damages – The plaintiff suffered losses due to the injury (medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc.).
Under California’s statute of limitations, California Code of Civil Procedure sections 312-366, the exact scenario in which an injury occurs will dictate the amount of time a victim has to pursue a paralysis claim. For example, time limits can vary when injuries occur in car accidents, due to medical malpractice, or on property belonging to the government. A personal injury attorney knowledgeable in paralysis claims can advise you on how long you have to hold the liable party responsible.
Why You Need a Lawyer
After sustaining a serious injury that has led to paralysis, it is of absolute importance to take care of one’s medical needs. By consulting with and hiring an attorney specializing in paralysis cases, all matters related to your case will be taken care of so that your health can be your main focus.
An experienced Sacramento paralysis lawyer can investigate your case, determine which parties are liable, collect evidence and records, and calculate any damages that can be recovered.
When insurance companies are involved, your attorney will communicate with them on your behalf and provide them with any paperwork needed. If a fair and full settlement cannot be reached, a lawsuit can be filed by your lawyer so your right to compensation may be advocated for in court.
Speak to a Sacramento Paralysis Lawyer with Experience
Our team of lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger will help you navigate and understand the complex legal processes that occur after a negligent action has resulted in a paralysis causing injury. We have over 60 years of experience aiding injured victims obtain compensation. Call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.