Once someone is diagnosed with paralysis, life as you knew it before their injury is over. Everything centers on coping with the injury for the rest of your life. If someone causes you to become paralyzed, you need to demand justice.
Triumph Law can be your ally in the fight for justice and compensation after a paralysis injury. Our personal injury lawyers in Elk Grove are experienced in catastrophic injury cases. We will fight hard on your behalf to get you the most money possible for what you’ve suffered.
Consequences of Paralysis Injuries
Paralysis happens when nerves in the body get severed, especially the spinal cord. This normally happens because of trauma, though rarely, it can happen from a medical injury. Most people know that paralysis means you can’t move part of your body, but it causes more problems than that.
Depending on your injury, you could suffer from consequences like:
- Altered sensations of heat, cold, and touch
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Changes in sexual function and sensitivity
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
You may also need in-home health care to keep you healthy. For example, since you cannot feel your body, you may be unaware of bedsores or infections happening where you’ve been paralyzed. These can become life-threatening if they’re not noticed and healed.
Finally, there are the emotional impacts of paralysis. Most victims go through a period of mourning for their old life and their lost potential. You can get compensation for non-economic damages like these through an insurance claim or lawsuit with the help of Triumph Law.
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Requirements for Winning a Paralysis Case
Setting aside medical malpractice, there are four requirements needed to win a paralysis case against someone. The person you’re suing is called the defendant. To win, you’ll need to prove that the defendant:
- Had a duty to act reasonably around you to keep you safe.
- Broke that duty by acting in a way that put your health at risk.
- Caused an accident because of the breach.
- Caused your paralysis and other damages because of the accident.
These four factors prove negligence. Negligent parties are legally liable for paying for the injuries of other people. Let’s show an example using a car crash:
- Drivers must act reasonably on the road and follow the laws to avoid harming other drivers. This creates a duty of care.
- A speeding driver breaks the duty and puts other drivers at risk.
- The speeding driver causes an accident with someone.
- The victim of the accident is paralyzed because of the accident.
Proving these four things requires evidence. Your Elk Grove paralysis injury lawyer will gather documents like the crash report, your medical records, witness testimony, and more to show that you’re owed compensation. Once negligence is proven, the next question is how much your case is worth.
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How Much Are Paralysis Cases Worth?
Every case has a unique value, but paralysis cases easily reach into the 7 figure range for many cases. The average lifetime value for caring for a paralysis injury is $5 million, and that’s just the economic damages. Your non-economic damages could be much more.
The insurance companies know that paralysis cases could cost them a lot of money, so they will take aggressive action to get you to settle early or prove that their policyholder wasn’t responsible. You need to have a lawyer on your side to fight back against them or you could get much less than you need.
Don’t let an insurer try to force you to take a lower settlement. Call a paralysis injury lawyer as soon as you can after your accident so you can defend yourself. Once you have one, you can direct any questions or demands from the insurer to them.
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How Insurance Companies Will Try to Fight Back
All insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying out settlements. The more expensive your injury is to cover, the more they’ll try to fight back. They have tactics they’ll use to get you to settle for less or deny you payment like:
- Ignoring your claim requests
- Delaying your claim request to pressure you financially
- Demand complicated paperwork before they’ll process your claim
- Question your injuries and their severity
- Use hard-sell tactics to force you to take a lower settlement
- Misrepresent the details of the policy
- Blame you for the accident
Once you have the help of our Elk Grove paralysis injury lawyers, you can ignore all these tactics. The reason is that they’re legally required to talk to your lawyer instead of you once you’ve retained one. Turn to one of our experienced lawyers to protect yourself against these tactics.
What Else Will a Lawyer Do for Me?
Besides acting as your representative to the insurers, our lawyers will do many other tasks to help you win your case, such as:
- Uncover all the evidence related to your injury claim
- Handle all the legal paperwork
- Prove the elements of negligence we discussed above
- Negotiate with the insurers to reach a fair settlement
- Take the insurer to court if we cannot come to an agreement
Trying to tackle these tasks can be an impossibility if you’re paralyzed, especially if you have no one to turn to. But if you can hold a conversation, you can contact Triumph Law for help. We can come to you in the hospital to discuss what happened and how we can help you.
Contact Triumph Law to Start Your Case
Paralysis can make it feel like you’re at the mercy of fate, but you don’t have to face your injury alone. If someone else caused your paralysis, contact Triumph Law for aggressive catastrophic injury representation.
Let our Elk Grove paralysis injury lawyers help you through the process. Contact us today to get a free consultation and case evaluation. You will owe us nothing unless we help you win your case, and we may be able to help you get necessary medical care while you wait for your case to finish.