Approximately 40 percent of quadriplegic spinal cord injuries each year are the result of vehicle accidents. Such accidents may involve a bus, truck, big rig, semi truck, 18-wheeler, pick up truck, or other large vehicle. Smaller vehicles with less shielding and less protection such as a motorcycle or scooter may also be susceptible to serious injuries like quadriplegia. Other common causes include falls, construction accidents, gunshots and other forms of physical violence, sports and recreational activities, and medical or surgical accidents.
Damage on the Body Caused by Quadriplegia
A quadriplegic injury occurs when the upper portion of the spinal cord is severed, stretched, or otherwise damaged to the point that it can no longer transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body. This results in permanent impairment and disability, including:
- Chronic pain caused by changes in sensory perception
- Loss of sensation and movement below the level of the injury
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Muscle spasms
- Frequent secondary infections
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss of sexual function
Individuals with quadriplegia typically require lifelong medical care, daily assistance from caretakers, and adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs and ventilators in order to survive and function.
Compensation for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
The physical, emotional, and financial burdens experienced by quadriplegia injury victims and their families are immense. Victims of personal injury car accidents that are now quadriplegic can recover compensation for their damages when the injury is the result of someone else's negligent or reckless behavior. Examples of negligence and recklessness in an auto accident include driving under the influence (DUI), failing to yield, failing to stop, unsafe speed, texting and driving and more. The following are examples of the types of damages that an injury victim may be entitled to receive:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning potential
- Medical and adaptive equipment expenses
- Personal attendant costs.
If you or a loved one has suffered a quadriplegic spinal cord injury resulting from another person's negligence, Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers law firm can help you receive just compensation for your damages.