Paraplegia From California Accidents
Paraplegia describes complete paralysis of the lower half of the body. It results from an injury occurring below the first thoracic spinal nerve or from vertebrae T2-S5 (thoracic to sacral).
We have represented clients with differing levels of paraplegia and correspondingly different levels of care needs:
- Complete T2-T10 injuries: Absent other complications, victims retain sensation and function in their arms and hands. Some can achieve functional independence at the wheelchair level and may be able to drive independently using a car adapted with hand controls. Individuals may be able to stand using bilateral knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) and a walker or crutches. Standing and walking, even if possible, require extreme energy.
- Complete T12-L1 injuries: Increased upper body balance and strength; usually only partial paralysis of lower body and legs
- Complete L2-S5 injuries: Upper body control and balance may be complete. Some hip, knee and foot motor function is retained, depending on level and severity of injury.
Bay Area Spine Injury Lawyers
Over the past 50 years, the California-based spinal cord nerve injury attorneys of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have represented a wide cross-section of clients who have sustained paraplegia as a result of car accidents, falls, bicycle accidents, rollovers, defective seat belts, motorcycle collisions, neurosurgical errors and construction site disasters.
We have successfully helped paraplegic clients from age 1 to 80; we have worked with a broad spectrum of clients to recover millions of dollars from wrongdoers to help our clients return to normal and productive lives.
Our spinal cord injury (SCI) lawyers work with rehabilitation, counseling, vocational and other specialized professionals to craft settlements that take into account each client’s different needs. We consider and seek recovery of clients’ loss of earning capacity and their needs for attendant care, nursing care, drugs, medications and supplies, including bowel and bladder supplies and equipment to minimize or avoid pressure sores.
Contact Our Experienced San Francisco Legal Team
Only experienced personal injury attorneys should handle catastrophic injury cases. Walkup lawyers understand the nuances of these cases, the specialized experts and investigation that are needed, and the trial strategy for maximum recovery.
Cases involving paraplegia are complex and involve questions of past and future medical care, wage loss, and loss of earning capacity.
The catastrophic injury specialists at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are aware of the needs of paralyzed clients and make certain that settlements or verdicts take into account the vocational, financial and medical needs of clients now and in the future.
If you or someone you know has sustained paralyzing injury as the result of a product defect, auto accident, medical error or negligence of another, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.