What to Do if A Loved One Suffers Paraplegia in an Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 23, 2016

Paraplegia is a kind of paralysis that causes the loss of function in the trunk area and lower limbs of the body. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of injuries that leave someone suffering paraplegia. Paraplegia can leave a person suffering loss of movement, temporary or persistent tingling feelings, and prickling or burning sensations.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many people and their families file personal injury claims against the parties responsible for paraplegia injuries. Here are the steps we recommend taking after a loved one suffers a paraplegia injury:

  • Get information: if these injuries were caused by an accident, be sure to get contact information for the other parties involved in the accident and any witnesses.
  • Get evidence: take pictures of the accident scene and the conditions that may have led to the accident. Make sure to get contact information for police on the scene so you can get a copy of the accident report.
  • Get medical help: be sure to document each time your loved one is seen by a doctor. This will create a paper trail documenting the seriousness of their injuries and necessary treatments needed.
  • Get legal help: after any serious accident, your loved one will have to deal with insurance companies. Remember, insurance companies are businesses who will be better off if they offer a low settlement or deny an injury claim. An experienced Seattle paraplegia accident injury attorney can fight an insurance company on your family’s behalf.

The rehabilitation process after a paraplegia injury can be long and difficult. Having a strong support system in the form of a strong family can help a person suffering from paraplegia heal. While you tend to your loved one’s needs, we will tend to their personal injury claim.

Contact an Experienced Seattle Injury Attorney

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is here to help your family after a loved suffers any serious injury like paraplegia after an accident. We’ve guided many Seattle families to the financial settlements they needed to heal and move on from this painful situation. You can reach us at (888) 228-3860.


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