A damaged spinal cord sustained during an accident can have severe, life-changing effects. Unfortunately, the majority of spinal cord injuries result from another person’s negligence, with motor vehicle accidents causing close to half of all new spinal cord injuries every year. The most severe of these injuries is quadriplegia, as the injured individual suffers from the partial or complete loss of use of their four limbs and/or torso. If you were severely injured due to the negligence of another and now suffer from quadriplegia, our attorneys at Cullan & Cullan may be able to help.
We understand how hard suffering a life-altering injury can be. That’s why, if you work with us, you will have direct access to our attorneys while we fight for you case. We believe that fighting for the victims of severe injuries is our highest priority, which is why we represent our clients with honest and aggressive representation both in and out of the courtroom. Furthermore, our attorneys hold both law and medical degrees, allowing us to delve into the medical details of a case to better support our fight for maximum compensation. If you are seeking a legal team with extensive medical knowledge that won’t back down, Cullan & Cullan wants to discuss your case with you.
Call Cullan & Cullan today at (402) 882-7080 for a free consultation with an Omaha quadriplegia lawyer.
Qualifying for a Quadriplegia Case
Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, often results from an injury to the cervical level of the spinal cord, which is in charge of sending nerve signals to the back of the head, limbs, diaphragm and neck. Fortunately, about 65% of spinal cord injuries are “incomplete,” meaning the injured individual is able to retain some sensation and movement below the affected region. However, incomplete quadriplegia can still have devastating effects on a person’s life.
If you are suffering from quadriplegia, complete or incomplete, resulting from the following, you may have a claim:
- Motor vehicle accidents: This includes when one party of a collision was engaging in distracted driving, reckless driving or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
- Malpractice committed by a medical professional: Mistakes during surgery or a failure on the part of the doctor to properly address a treatable spinal cord injury can lead to quadriplegia. Additionally, any injury during birth that resulted in cerebral palsy can also cause quadriplegia down the road.
- Acts of violence: Gunshots and knife wounds are common causes of spinal cord injuries, as they can easily sever a portion of the spinal cord.
- Preventable sports and recreational injuries: While some injuries sustained during sports or recreation are no one’s fault, others are preventable. Negligence could exist on the part of a sports facility or equipment manufacturer. A couple of examples are injuries caused by diving into a pool that was presented as deeper than it truly was or being injured in a football game due to cheaply manufactured helmets.
There are many different types of accidents that can cause quadriplegia, so if you do not see your specific situation mentioned above, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. As long as the other party engaged in significant negligence that led to the accident, you likely have a claim. The difficult part is establishing this negligence in a court of law, which is why it is advisable to hire an experienced attorney.
Compensation for Quadriplegia Claims
Sadly, quadriplegia can be one of the most difficult forms of paralysis to live with. Not only do quadriplegics experience substantial changes to their lifestyles, but they are also burdened with the high costs associated with the 24/7 care they need to perform basic tasks. It is true that monetary compensation can hardly make up for an injury, especially quadriplegia. It can, however, at least help ease the hardship brought upon the injured individual.
If negligence is successfully established in your case, you could be compensated for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Past, present and future healthcare costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced quality of life
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Costs associated with needed home accommodations
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
Why Cullan & Cullan?
When you’re living with quadriplegia, long-term medical care is essential to living a happy life — as physicians ourselves, we know that very well. We know how expensive medical care is and how difficult cutting through red tape to hold the at-fault party accountable may seem. Fortunately, our attorneys have a proven track record of experience, winning our clients more than a quarter of a billion dollars to date. Not to mention, Cullan & Cullan is nationally recognized for our work in the legal industry and dedication to our clients by the Inner Circle of Advocates, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the National Trial Lawyers and more. While this does not guarantee favorable results for your case, our legal team will apply the skills and insights acquired during our extensive careers to your case. Let us help you in your fight against injustice.
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