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Losing a life is devastating. Losing the ability to live life the way you used to can feel just as devastating. No one wakes up in the morning planning on their life-altering in such a negatively significant way, yet injuries and accidents happen every day. Spinal cord accidents can lead to severe injuries that completely alter a person’s lifestyle. For example, spinal cord injuries can result in quadriplegia. In the medical field quadriplegia—or tetraplegia as referred to by some medical professionals—is when a significant injury to the spinal cord results in the loss of the use of arms and legs.

Our Philadelphia Quadriplegia Attorneys at the Weitz Firm have the privilege to work with victims who are struggling to adjust to their new life after a personal injury. There’s a difference in dealing with such a life-altering change when it is natural versus as a result of someone’s negligent behavior.

 

Quadriplegia Causes and Injuries

People suffering from spinal cords that result in quadriplegia have to lead very different lives than before. No longer can they do all things independently. Living a life with quadriplegia can happen, but the transition can be very destabilizing. Here are some ways in which someone can get injured resulting in quadriplegia:

  • Catastrophic car accident
  • Truck accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Slip and fall
  • Diving accidents
  • Firearm accidents
  • Sport and recreational accidents
  • Medical malpractice

This is not a complete list of accidents that can lead to quadriplegia. However, car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries that results in quadriplegia. If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury, the symptoms can be severe and shocking to the victim:

  • Extreme back pain
  • Extreme pressure on neck, head, or back
  • Weakness or incoordination
  • Numbness, tingling
  • Loss of sensation to hands, fingers, or toes
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Impaired breathing
  • Oddly positioned or twisted neck or back

If you feel any of these symptoms after an accident, then you may be feeling the early signs of a spinal cord injury.

Quadriplegia Costs of Living

As you can guess, dealing with a catastrophic injury such as quadriplegia, the medical bills may seem endless. The first year of medical bills for someone with quadriplegia is a little over $1 million to close to $5 million a year. Each subsequent year, barring any complications, is between $100,000 and $300,000. Those are just the medical bills. Typically someone who is going through this kind of injury does not recover fully which means that they do not get to go back to work. Other bills related to the standard of living are also piling up.

What To Do

Our Philadelphia Quadriplegia Attorneys are here to help you through one of the hardest times of your life. If you are suffering due to the negligence of someone else, then they deserve to be held accountable for his or her behavior. With us on your side, we will make sure to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 267-587-6240 or click here to start a free consultation with our professional attorneys at the Weitz Firm in Philadelphia today.

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