It’s hard to imagine anything more devastating than an injury to your spinal cord. One minute you’re a fully-functional independent person, going to work, playing with your kids, participating in hobbies and sports—and then, out of nowhere you wake up and find yourself either fully or partially paralyzed. Approximately 12,000 Americans are paralyzed by spinal cord injuries every year. Many of these injuries would never have happened but for someone else’s negligence.
Life after a Spinal Cord Injury
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, pedestrian accident, bike accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, or fall, or as a result of an act of violence, you have probably found yourself deprived of many of life’s most basic functions. Depending on where your spine was damaged and the severity of the trauma, you are likely to be either paraplegic (paralyzed from the waist down, or quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down). In the event you’re suffering from quadriplegia, you may have to use a respirator to help you breathe because the paralysis has affected your diaphragm. In either case, if the paralysis is complete, you are confined to a wheelchair and dependent on caregivers for your every physical need.
If you’ve sustained a complete spinal cord injury, you’ll probably need personal assistance, medical care, and special adaptive devices for the remainder of your life. Depending on your occupation, you may never return to work. Spinal cord injuries cause immeasurable amounts of psychological trauma and emotional anguish. Costs of medical care, physical and occupational therapy, in-home assistance, outfitting your home and car to accommodate your disability, and mental health counseling to help you adjust to the psychological devastation caused by your injury can be in the millions.
Spinal Cord Injury Damages
As a spinal cord injury victim, you’re going to need a great deal of help adjusting to your condition and creating a different kind of life than you had before your accident. To pick up the pieces and move on with your life will require money. Because the stakes are high in spinal cord injury accidents, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer with many years of experience representing clients in high-value catastrophic injury cases. Recovering enough money to provide for your lifetime needs and those of your dependents is your right when someone else’s wrongful act has deprived you of so much.
Economic damages that often stem from spinal cord injuries include:
- Medical bills
- Physical, occupational, and psychological therapy costs
- Lost earnings and lifetime earning potential
- Cost of mobility devices and medical equipment, including wheelchair, braces, ventilator, catheters, ostomy supplies, etc.
- Expense of altering your home and vehicle to accommodate your disability
- Cost of transportation and/or childcare for medical/therapy appointments
- Cost of in-home assistance
Typical non-economic damages may include, among others,
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of sexual function
Experienced Spinal Cord Attorney in Sacramento
Kenneth Shepard and Ronald Haven of the Shepard & Haven law firm in Sacramento have each practiced law for more than 35 years and have a long history of bringing in high-figure verdicts and settlements in catastrophic spinal cord injury cases, and are among Northern California’s most respected and experienced personal injury attorneys.
For unparalleled knowledge, skill, and experience, call Shepard and Haven to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait to act, because California limits the amount of time you have to file. We take spinal cord injury accidents on contingency, so you won’t ever owe us anything unless we win a recovery for you.