There are few injuries more catastrophic than paraplegia, the permanent loss of feeling and movement in the lower extremities. This loss can range from the impaired ability to move the legs to a complete inability to move the body from the chest down, depending on where the spinal cord injury occurred and whether the injury was complete or incomplete. Whatever the extent of the injury, paraplegia requires a lifetime of expensive treatment in addition to the emotional and psychological hardships it introduces into the lives of the victim and his or her family.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a severe spinal cord injury that resulted in paraplegia due to the negligent actions of someone else, the Melbourne paraplegia attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm can help. We will fight for the compensation you deserve to cover the losses and expenses you have sustained due to the injury. With our team in your corner, you can count on the most aggressive and tirelessly devoted legal counsel available.
Complications of Paraplegia
In addition to the loss of sensation and motor function in the lower extremities, paraplegia is associated with numerous other complications, such as:
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Pressure sores and other skin issues
- Thrombosis, or the formation of a clot within a blood vessel, resulting in the obstruction of the flow of blood
- Chronic nerve pain, including “phantom” pains
- Pneumonia and other severe respiratory infections
- Coronary heart disease
- Autonomic dysreflexia, a life-threatening reaction of the involuntary nervous system to overstimulation that produces such symptoms as sudden, severe high blood pressure, a slowed heart rate, flushing of the skin, and heavy sweating.
Damages in Paraplegia Cases
Even in best case scenarios, paraplegia requires lengthy physical therapy and rehabilitation programs in order to restore some muscle function. Of course, in the most severe cases, victims suffer permanent paralysis from their chests down to their feet. In any event, treatment is likely to be long term and expensive. Possible treatments include:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Medical therapy, including steroids and blood pressure medications
- Mental health therapy
- Respiratory care
- Surgery to support the bones of the spine
- Professional skin care
- Bowel and bladder programs
The personal injury attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm will use all of the resources at our disposal to present the strongest case possible on your behalf so that you can obtain compensation to cover your medical and therapeutic care. Our skilled attorneys are able to identify all current and future potential costs involved in your treatment and prove that you are entitled to compensation for these costs in a court of law. In addition, we will work to obtain any other damages to which you may be entitled, including compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If the act that led to your or your loved one’s spinal cord injury was egregiously negligent in nature, we may also be able to obtain punitive damages - damages awarded to punish the defendant rather than to compensate for actual losses and expenses - on your behalf.
Contact the Charpentier Law Firm Today
For further information on paraplegia litigation, or to arrange for an evaluation of your spinal cord injury case, please contact the Charpentier Law Firm today.