Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
Any form of paralysis, whether it be paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down) or quadriplegia (paralysis of both arms and legs) is a severely debilitating and life–altering injury that can only be truly understood by the injured party themselves. In addition to the physical debilitation comes untold pain and suffering, loss of freedom, dependency on countless others for the most trivial of daily living activities, a loss of income and/or diminished earning capacity, countless medical bills and expenses, rehabilitation costs, and a life time of medical costs that may include round–the–clock nursing care. At Silverman Thompson, we have years of experience in representing clients who, through the negligence of others, have suffered some form of paralysis. Whether it the paralysis occurred as the result of an automobile accident, health care provider negligence, or an on–the–job accident, our catastrophic injury team is fully versed in working effectively to provide a full measure of compensation for all effects of your paralysis and other injuries. In this vein, we work regularly with experts in the field of Life Care Planning and Economics to forecast what each individual client who has suffered some form of paralysis will require to not only compensate them for their injuries and repay incurred medical expenses, but ensure that they receive the best medical care for the remainder of their lives.
For example, our lawyers recently settled a multi–million dollar lawsuit for a client who became paralyzed from the waist down following back surgery. Her settlement enabled her to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in past medical expenses, provided compensation for her remaining lifetime medical costs, including an option for in–home care as she advanced in age, and permitted her the financial ability to retrofit her own home to make it more accessible to her. In addition, our lawyers recently settled a quadriplegia case in which a patient became paralyzed after experiencing very typical signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury that went undiagnosed by physicians over a several day period. The injuries suffered as a result of these physicians' failures to timely diagnose the spinal cord injury and subsequently treat it by decompressing the patient's spine, led to the patient requiring a lifetime of care and future medical expenses totaling millions of dollars. In addition, the victim faces a life punctuated by numerous visits to health care providers on an ongoing basis, a shortened life expectancy, a higher risk of developing pneumonia, pressure sores, urinary tract infections and other health related complications associated with his sedentary lifestyle as a result of his paralysis. Moreover, psychologically, he struggles daily with feelings of isolation, depression and an inability to do things with his children on a daily basis like he used to do.