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Paralysis is caused by damage to the spinal cord, which can happen with or without a broken spine or broken vertebrae. In fact, some spinal cord damage isn’t caused by a blow or other traumatic force; the spine can also be damaged by tumors, stroke, lack of blood or certain diseases. Unfortunately, spinal tissue is like brain tissue. Once damaged, it can’t grow back, and lost functions almost always remain lost. What’s lost depends on where the victim was injured; the higher the injury, the more functions lost, and damage is more severe if the spinal cord is completely cut.
Serious accidents that can cause paralysis include:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Plane or train crashes
- Workplace and construction accidents
- Sports injuries
- Medical malpractice and birth injuries
- Negligence at a nursing home or other care facility
Paralysis is a catastrophic injury that can devastate the lives of the victim and his or her loved ones in one moment. After a paralyzing accident, victims need extensive medical treatment, therapies and devices. They may have to stop working altogether or radically change careers. In extreme cases, victims may need help with daily tasks, at least in the short run. These losses aren’t just physical — they’re severe emotional losses as well. They can also cost a lot of money to treat and accommodate. If you or someone you care about was paralyzed in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, you have the right to sue that person.
Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP is recognized as one of the nation’s top personal injury law firms. Our partners have won several record-setting verdicts and settlements, including the highest jury verdict in U.S. legal history, $4.9 billion. Together, our attorneys have won more than 150 verdicts of $1 million or more. We have extensive experience with the complicated medical issues involved in a paralysis or spinal injury lawsuit, and we have the resources to hire the experts you need to prove your case.
The lawyers at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP have been honored numerous times for excellence in personal injury and consumer protection law. Partner Brian Panish was named 1999 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, and all three partners have been nominated repeatedly for the honor. Our partners frequently write and speak to other lawyers about trial practice, and all of our Los Angeles attorneys are active in professional legal organizations.
Paralysis Verdicts & Settlements
- Lampe v. Continental General Tire $55,000,000
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