Washington Quadriplegia Lawyers
Individuals who live with quadriplegia are facing a lifetime of medical care and treatment. Depending upon where the spine was injured, the person may be unable to breathe without assistance (ventilation dependant or vent-dependent), and will require full-time care, often from a relative. The degree of the injury is associated with the location where the spinal cord was injured. The spinal cord nerve bundle, when severed or crushed, can no longer send signals to the rest of the body.
If this condition is the result of an act of negligence, a claim or lawsuit can be filed against the responsible party(ies). At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. our Seattle catastrophic injury lawyers represent individuals with quadriplegia who suffered the injury due to an act of negligence.
Common causes of quadriplegia can include the following types of injuries:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical errors
- Acts of violence
- Sports-related injuries
- Diving injuries
Every case is unique in how it took place, the degree of the condition, and the health and future prospects for that individual. As quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia) leaves the person incapable of directing the motion of the trunk, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet, life is completely altered. The ability to work, earn a living, care for a family, or enjoy normal activities have been irreversibly changed. The courage with which people deal with the condition is reason for great respect. Nonetheless, when negligence is the cause of the injury, legal action should be taken to pursue compensation.
If another party was at fault, it is imperative that a skilled quadriplegia lawyer is contacted as soon as possible after the injury. It may be difficult to focus on the legal issues, but state laws limit the time in which a lawsuit can be filed, and these deadlines must not be missed. When a governmental agency is liable, the time under which a claim can be filed is even more limited.
We urge you to connect with us immediately if you or your loved one has been seriously injured, and facing life ahead as a quadriplegic. We will ensure that all filing deadlines are met, and that the correct legal actions are taken to help you pursue full compensation. Read about our victories in the past, and our many awards and recognitions for more information about our professional qualifications.
After a catastrophic injury, it could not be more important that you are represented by a top-quality, respected Seattle quadriplegia lawyer. The litigation skills exhibited by injury attorneys can vary widely; it is in your best interests to retain the services of a firm that has an extensive track record of success. The damages paid should reflect the long term impact upon the individual, both financially and personally. The financial damages alone will be extensive, and include the following:
- Costs of medical care (current and estimated future costs)
- Costs of training and rehabilitation
- Costs of nursing care
- Costs of medications
- Vehicle and transportation costs
- Costs of equipment (chair, breathing apparatus, others)
- Costs of home refits
- Loss of income
- Lost earning potential
Above and beyond the "hard costs" of caring for a person with quadriplegia, what is termed "noneconomic damages" – those that are more personal – must be calculated. These damages are pursued in cases in which another party caused the injury by acting in a negligent manner, or by committing a wrongful act.
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional anguish
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation reports the facts about spinal cord injuries, including cases of quadriplegia. Injured people face a long road ahead, fraught with secondary medical problems. Medical issues commonly associated with paralysis include:
- Blood clots
- Bedsores (pressure sores)
- Autonomic dysreflexia (a dangerous rise in blood pressure)
- Low blood pressure
- Phantom pain
- Bladder and urinary tract infections
- Issues associated with bowel function
- Respiratory problems
- Deep vein thrombosis
Our firm offers assistance to individuals who have become quadriplegic due to no fault of their own. Every case is different, and must be evaluated on an individual basis. There is no cost or obligation in reaching out to us, and if you retain our services, you owe us no legal fees unless we are successful. Our mission is to serve those that have suffered serious injuries to recover a fair level of compensation. We have dedicated our practice to this goal. We are driven to perform for our clients, and care deeply, on a personal level about the outcome. You can trust us to fight for you and your future. Call now. We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.
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