Buffalo Paraplegia & Quadriplegia Attorney
Fighting for Paralyzed Accident Victims & Their Loved Ones
Paralysis is a serious, catastrophic injury that permanently alters a person’s life. Both paraplegia and quadriplegia are some of the most devastating injuries a person can endure, with victims facing new mobility challenges and, in many cases, being unable to continue caring for themselves or providing for their families. Sadly, these injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful behavior. When this is the case, victims are entitled to seek financial compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, we represent paraplegics and quadriplegics in complex catastrophic injury claims. Our Buffalo paralysis attorneys understand the immense, far-reaching impact your injuries have on your life, and we are prepared to fight for the maximum recovery you are owed. We have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts. When it comes to pursuing justice and a fair recovery on your behalf, we are tireless and aggressive advocates you can trust.
What Is the Difference Between Paraplegia & Quadriplegia?
Both paraplegia and quadriplegia (also known, though somewhat less commonly, as tetraplegia) are types of paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. When the spinal cord is damaged, it disrupts communication between the central nervous system and the brain. This, in turn, results in reduced or lost mobility, function, and sensation. Generally speaking, the location and severity of the injury will determine whether a person is partially or fully, temporarily or permanently paralyzed.
The primary difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia is the location of the injury and the resulting damage:
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia is the loss of movement, or paralysis, of the lower trunk and legs. In other words, paraplegia is partial paralysis, as paraplegics retain function, sensation, and movement of the upper trunk, arms, and neck. Paraplegia often results from an injury or damage to the middle or lower area of the spine.
- Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia is the loss of movement, sensation, and function from the neck down, or total paralysis. Quadriplegics lose functioning ability in all four limbs, as well as the trunk. Typically, quadriplegia is the result of a spinal cord injury to the neck or the upper area of the spine.
Our Buffalo paraplegia/quadriplegia lawyers are here to answer your questions and guide you through the legal process. We are available around the clock to assist you.
Common Causes of Paraplegia & Quadriplegia
A wide variety of accidents and traumatic events can lead to devastating spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Some of the most common causes of both paraplegia and quadriplegia include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Commercial vehicle/truck accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Sports-related accidents
- Acts of violence, such as assault
A person may also suffer a spinal cord injury, leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia, as a result of using a defective product or after an act of medical negligence or malpractice. In any case, when someone else is to blame for your injuries, you can seek financial compensation for your losses.
Damages Available to Victims of Paralysis
If you believe someone else was at fault for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. “Damages” is a legal term that describes the losses—financial or otherwise—a victim sustains as a result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful actions.
Paraplegics and quadriplegics require extensive medical treatment and care. Often, the full lifetime cost of treating these injuries—including costs associated with emergency medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy, medications and medical equipment (such as wheelchairs), and more—can easily exceed hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars over the course of the victim’s lifetime. And this does not even take into account the lost wages and income the victim will endure if they are unable to return to work or if their disability prevents them from obtaining any form of gainful employment whatsoever.
Our Buffalo paralysis lawyers can help you seek fair recovery for the following:
- All medical expenses associated with your injury
- Lost wages and/or income
- Lost or reduced earning capacity/disability
- Costs associated with property/vehicle damage repairs
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal team to share your story, ask your questions, and learn more about your legal rights and options: (716) 300-5885.
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At Richmond Vona, LLC, we understand that the process of moving forward with your life after a serious injury, such as paralysis, can be daunting. But the first step in your recovery is reaching out to a knowledgeable attorney who can present you with your options and help you determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Our paraplegia and quadriplegia lawyers in Buffalo proudly represent clients throughout Western New York. We are committed to providing a high level of client service and will always treat you with the honesty, respect, and dignity you deserve. When you choose Richmond Vona, LLC, you get an entire team of dedicated legal professionals all working on your behalf, fighting to maximize your claim and help you regain a better quality of life.
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Are there any treatments for paraplegia or quadriplegia?
Treating complete spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, is often very difficult, as all communication between the spinal cord and the brain has been cut. That being said, advancements in modern medicine and spinal cord injury treatment are continuously being made. Two progressive treatments that are still in clinical trials are electrical epidural stimulation and stem cell therapy, both of which have been shown to lessen the effects of complete paraplegia. That being said, treating paraplegia and quadriplegia will be primarily about management of the condition, rather than focused on making a full recovery.
Can I exercise with paraplegia?
Yes! In fact, it’s strongly recommended that you focus on strengthening your core (if possible) and upper body in order to prevent muscle atrophy and other problems. Focus on repetition-based exercise, such as weight lifting, in order to build muscle memory and allow your body to become more familiar with these types of movements. It’s also important to work with your caregiver on exercising the paralyzed areas of your body, as well. This helps prevent complications arising from prolonged sitting or lying down, such as reduced circulation or bedsores.
How do I find the right rehabilitation center?
Once medical professionals have ensured that your injury is stable, you will be transferred to a type of specialized medical center known as a rehabilitation center. However, you may find that the specific rehabilitation center you have been transferred to does not meet all of your needs. When considering moving to a new rehabilitation center, look for a few key elements in order to determine whether it’s the right center for you. Does the center have experience with your particular condition/diagnosis? How far away is the center from your home, family, or caregivers? Does the facility utilize cutting-edge rehabilitation therapies? Is the facility accredited, and how many staff members does it have in relation to the number of patients? These and other factors will help you determine whether or not a rehabilitation center is well-equipped to aid you in your treatment, management, and recovery.
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