Paralysis Attorneys in Birmingham
Legal Help After an Accident Resulting in Paralysis
There is no doubt that paralysis is one of the most devastating types of injuries. The injured person faces a future full of difficult challenges, and a radically different quality of life. Spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that leave a person paralyzed can be the result of many types of incidents, including:
- Sports accidents
- Vehicle accidents
- Battery or physical violence
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Train accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Other impacts
If you or a loved family member was injured, and is living with paraplegia or quadriplegia, contact Guster Law Firm, LLC to discuss your case. Our legal team is experienced in filing claims and lawsuits in cases of paralysis, and we have recovered millions in damages for our clients to date. It is important that we get involved in your case as soon as possible.
At Guster Law Firm, LLC, we've handled cases before involving accidents resulting in paralysis, and we've heard many questions along the way. Here are some of the most common, along with the answers.
What compensation can I expect to receive in my paralysis case?
It can be difficult to assess any case, or the compensation it may receive, without a thorough analysis and understanding of the situation. However, many victims in paralysis cases think at first that they're only entitled to damages from the actual accident, and the time spent in the hospital immediately after. This is not true.
When you fight for compensation in your paralysis case, it can be to compensate for not only the injury suffered but also for any treatment needed in the future. In addition, punitive damages can also be sought for loss of quality of life in the future. Compensation in a paralysis case can cover anything from wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, home health aides, and more.
How much does paralysis treatment cost?
This again is hard to say without knowing the exact circumstance and treatment being administered, but paralysis treatments are known to be very expensive. The first year of treatment for paraplegia – paralysis that affects the legs and feet – is thought to be around $519,000, with $69,000 in cost for each following year. Treatment for quadriplegia – paralysis affecting the upper and lower body – is even more expensive, costing approximately $769,000 in the first year. In either case, over a person's lifetime, paralysis can cost millions of dollars to treat.
Receiving an estimate from a medical professional, even just for the first year of treatment, is important because it gives victims an idea of how much compensation they can seek in paralysis cases.
Can I still seek compensation if I was partly to blame for the accident?
So you've had the misfortune of being in a car accident and as a result, you're paralyzed. You want to seek compensation, but you don't know if you can because the accident was partly your fault.
If your case goes to court in Alabama, and the jury finds that you were partly to blame for the accident, you won't be able to seek compensation for your injuries – even if the majority of the blame lies with the other party. Furthermore, insurance companies will try to find "contributory negligence" to find that you were partly to blame, to prevent having to pay out millions of dollars. It's for this reason that if you've been paralyzed due to an accident – any type of accident – and you want to seek compensation, you need to speak to experienced personal injury lawyers such as us here at Guster Law Firm, LLC.
I was paralyzed as a result of a drunk driver. Can I seek compensation from the bar?
It's easy to see why accident victims would want to seek compensation from anyone and everyone that had anything to do with the accident – and that includes suing the bar that gave the driver an excess of alcohol. However, these are very difficult cases to prove and it's only in very limited circumstances that bars or other establishments can be held liable for the actions of a drunk driver.
You Have a Limited Time to File a Paralysis Lawsuit in Alabama
Unfortunately, there is limited time in which you have the right to bring a legal action against the responsible party. You have only two years in which to file in Alabama. Beyond the statute of limitations, there are other issues that come into play that can affect your claim or lawsuit. Memories fade over time, evidence is lost, and witnesses can be more difficult to find. We urge you to call the Guster Law Firm, LLC at (205) 386-6844 so we can protect your rights. Our first step will be to gather and preserve the evidence to support your case.
We are a team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys who are familiar with filing claims and lawsuits in paralysis cases. Guster Law Firm, LLC is passionate about helping our clients pursue the maximum amount of financial compensation for their future medical needs and all other damages, including pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of quality of life.