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Auto Accidents Resulting in Paralysis

By Sean Burke on July 01, 2016

Scene of an auto accidentMost people understand that driving or riding in a car always carries a risk of being involved in a car accident. Still, it’s reasonable for people to assume that other drivers on the road will take the precautions that are necessary to prevent such accidents from occurring. When drivers are reckless or negligent in their decision-making, the risk of an auto accident increases. Auto accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries and result in costly damages. One of the most severe injuries that can result from an auto accident is paralysis. Whether victims are partially or completely paralyzed, their life will be dramatically changed. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, our attorneys will help auto accident and paralysis victims in the Orange County, CA area fight for just compensation for the damages they have suffered.

How An Auto Accident Can Cause Paralysis

In many cases, those involved in auto accidents are lucky enough to walk away with minimal, or no, injuries. However, an unfortunate number of accidents cause serious, life-altering injuries. There are two types of auto accident injuries that can result in a patient suffering from either partial or complete paralysis: a traumatic brain injury and a traumatic spinal cord injury. A brain injury can prevent proper communication between the brain and certain muscles, causing those muscles to become paralyzed. A spinal cord injury can damage or completely sever the nerves in the spinal cord, causing paralysis below the point of injury. Some of these brain and spinal cord injuries will result in only temporary paralysis, but in many cases, the loss of movement is permanent. In either case, these injuries will require extensive and costly medical treatment.

Paralysis Damages

Paralysis is truly a life-altering injury. This injury affects not only those experiencing the paralysis, but also the family members who are left to care for them. The stress and burden of a paralysis injury is likely to cause severe emotional trauma. Paralysis also results in a significant financial burden. These patients often require extensive medical care, which may include physical therapy, rehabilitation, and the use of assistive medical devices. In fact, estimates suggest that the lifetime cost of treating a quadriplegic patient can easily exceed three million dollars. Unfortunately, this figure does not even take into account the fact that the victim may lose their income earning potential.

Sean M. Burke and his team of attorneys can help paralysis victims fight for financial compensation following an auto accident. They have a great deal of experience representing paralysis cases and will ensure that all aspects of the injury and its damages are taken into consideration. While there is no way to take back the physical and emotional pain of a paralysis injury, they will do their best to eliminate its financial burdens.

Contact Our Firm

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured following an auto accident, it is important to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Attorney Sean M. Burke and his team will work to obtain compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages that have been suffered. To learn more, contact our firm at your earliest convenience.

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