One of the most frightening injuries imaginable is quadriplegia, or paralysis of all four limbs and the body’s trunk. The condition – also referred to as tetraplegia – typically arises from damage to the spinal cord in the neck.
The cost of required medical care and personal assistance for a quadriplegia victim can be overwhelming. This makes it crucial to seek help from an experienced attorney if you or a loved one suffers from quadriplegia due to the negligence of another, including injuries due to auto accidents, workplace events and medical negligence.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, we can provide the professional and personalized attention that your case demands. Since 1987, we have sought recoveries for victims of quadriplegia and other serious spinal cord injuries in Albany, Syracuse and across New York State. We want to help you as well. Call or contact us online today. We can review your case and discuss your legal rights and options in a free initial consultation.
A Closer Look at Quadriplegia
Quadriplegia prevents one from voluntarily moving the upper and lower parts of the body. An injury between the C1 vertebrae (the highest cervical or neck vertebrae) and the T1 vertebrae (highest thoracic vertebrae) generally results in quadriplegia.
Spinal cord injuries are described by the vertebrae where they occur and as complete (no sensation or movement) or incomplete.The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that 111,000 people in the U.S. suffer from incomplete quadriplegia, while 32,000 suffer from complete quadriplegia.
Incomplete paralysis differs from victim to victim. A person with incomplete quadriplegia may retain some feeling in affected body parts but have little or no movement. Others may have more movement than feeling.
Because the nerves that control a person’s essential body systems are damaged, these functions begin to shut down in those suffering from quadriplegia. They include:
- Respiratory system – Causing difficulty breathing
- Urinary or gastrointestinal systems – Resulting in bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Circulatory system – Leading to an inability to regulate blood pressure effectively
- Reproductive system – Causing sexual dysfunction.
With a combination of treatment and therapy, a person with a very high C1 to C3 injury might work toward limited movement of the head and neck. A person with a C8 to T1 injury might achieve the ability to move the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers as well.
The C1-C3 injury victim might need a ventilator to ensure he or she can breathe as well as a motorized wheelchair operated by head motion, mouth stick or chin control. The person will also need assistance with other daily living tasks. The C8 to T1 injury victim might use a manual wheelchair and live independently.
We Seek Compensation for Quadriplegia Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury that has resulted in quadriplegia, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and other losses.
The lawyers of Powers & Santola work closely with medical experts, life care planners and economists who understand the full financial impact of a serious debilitating injury like quadriplegia and who can help us to project your lifetime needs.
Examples of cases we have handled that involved clients with quadriplegia or other serious spinal cord injuries include:
- $7.25 million recovery for an 11-year-old girl who suffered a broken neck and quadriplegia in a swimming pool accident at a school district-owned pool.
- $2.5 million recovery for the estate of a 49-year-old husband and father of two who died from complications that arose from quadriplegia caused by a failed spinal surgery.
- $2.5 million recovery for a 32-year-old woman who was permanently paralyzed as a passenger in an auto accident in which the vehicle left the road and rolled over several times.
To learn more about how we can assist you in seeking full and fair compensation for your losses, contact us today by phone or online. Our initial consultations are free. We can assist quadriplegia victims and their families in Albany, Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York.