Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:12 am    

Car accidents, falls, defective products, medical malpractice, and other personal injury accidents result in catastrophic injuries each day that causes paralysis for thousands of people. Our Sacramento catastrophic accident attorneys understand how some injuries can change the lives of accident victims forever. Below are three catastrophic injuries that can result in partial or complete paralysis. Victims who suffer these injuries can face a lifetime of medical treatments, physical therapy, counseling, and personal care.

Spinal Cord Injuries

It is estimated that there are 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries followed by falls, violence, sports, and recreational activities. The location of the spinal cord injury in addition to the severity of the injury determines whether the victim will suffer complete or partial paralysis.

The risk for being completed paralyzed (quadriplegia) is greater when the injury is sustained above the first thoracic vertebra or with the C1 to C8 cervical sections. With complete paralysis, the victim loses function in all four limbs.

When the damage is below the first thoracic spinal levels, the victim can suffer partial paralysis or paraplegia. A victim suffering from paraplegia has full use of his or her hands and arms but has partial or total paralysis of the lower body and lower limbs.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are another cause of paralysis. The brain is very fragile, and any injury can result in life-altering, permanent conditions, such as paralysis. The risk for paralysis after a head injury depends on the area of the brain injured and the severity of the injury. Traumatic brain injuries result in over two million emergency room visits each year and are a contributing factor in approximately 50,000 deaths each year.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries are another cause of paralysis. Also known as cervical injuries, neck injuries can result in complete paralysis or quadriplegia. As discuss above, quadriplegia results in the loss of use of all four limbs.

A Lifetime of Pain and Suffering

A person with quadriplegia requires a lifetime of personal care and medical care because he or she is unable to perform even the most basic personal tasks. The financial, emotional, and physical damages caused by paralysis can be overwhelming for the victim and the family. When a preventable accident causes the paralysis such as a motor vehicle crash, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or defective product accident, the party who was negligent in causing the accident should be held liable and be required to pay compensation to the victim for damages.

A victim who suffers paralysis because of a personal injury may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical treatment and long-term personal care
  • Lost wages, including the loss of future income
  • Physical pain, mental trauma, and emotional suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury or long-term care
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Contact a Sacramento Catastrophic Injury Attorney for Help

If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis because of a catastrophic injury, we want to help. Contact the Tiemann Law Firm to schedule a free legal consultation and free case evaluation by calling (916) 999-9000. You can also visit our website to request additional information or speak with a representative. Our catastrophic injury attorneys represent clients throughout the Sacramento area, including residents in Folsom, Roseville, and El Dorado Hills.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

S.B. Testimonial

Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!