Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
Paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries are devastating, life changing events. There are many factors to consider to determine if the injury, and the accident that led to it, are appropriate to hire a lawyer to sue for damages. A personal injury lawyer will be able to sue any parties that are at fault for causing the injury if the injury resulted in a definable loss of money. In this article we’ll explore what you to consider when looking for and ultimately deciding to hire a paraplegic and quadriplegic injury attorney.
The Loss or Paralysis of the Legs
Injuries involving the loss or paralysis of the legs are incredibly traumatic and, due to the permanence of the disability, quite severe. If you or your loved ones have suffered a paraplegia injury due to the negligence of others, The Ryan Law Group will make sure that you receive the support you need during this stressful time.
The financial burden of these types of serious injuries can build quickly. It is crucial that you contact our injury attorneys immediately so we can begin investigating your case and provide guidance during any insurance company negotiations, ensuring that you recover the financial compensation your injuries deserve.
Although rehabilitation can allow some paraplegia victims the opportunity to regain movement and physical independence after extensive medical care, the costs associated with this type of a catastrophic injury can be overwhelming. The team of personal injury attorneys at The Ryan Law Group are experienced with the most complicated cases involving the most common causes of paraplegia injuries, such as car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.
Losing Both Arms and Legs From An Injury
If you or a loved one suffered an injury that resulted in the loss or paralysis of both arms and legs, the parties responsible for causing such a catastrophic injury should be held accountable.
The personal injury attorneys at The Ryan Law Group are aggressive and well prepared to manage cases involving quadriplegia injuries such as car, truck and motorcycle accidents or poorly maintained equipment that involves product liability and property liability.
We retain industry-leading medical experts to evaluate your case and we strive to minimize your stress related to all aspects of this process in order to ease the inevitable burdens of a lifelong disability.
Determining Who Is At Fault
The first ingredient in a successful injury suit is to be able to point blame on someone or some entity. The injury will begin with an incident that ultimately led to the injury. Was this incident caused by negligence? Is there something to point to that acted in a dangerous or reckless manner that caused the action?
Often blame can be split between multiple parties. This can mean that there are additional suits that can be filed to make sure that all appropriate parties are held accountable. There may also be fault on the part of the injured party, but this doesn’t necessarily negate any claims against further fault being cause by others.
The bottom line is that if the injury was the result of another party acting in a manner that had an increased chance of causing this type of injury you should definitely discuss the details of the situation with an injury attorney and they can make a detailed assessment.
Determining The Amount Of Money To Sue For
In civil injury cases the court is initially looking to assess practical money that the injured party will lose as a result of the accident. The common items that fall into this category are medical bills, loss of wages, and loss of future earnings.
Damages can also include things that are more abstract like loss of quality of life for the injured and their family and mental anguish. These types of damages are just as important but can be calculated in a variety of ways. How do you put a price on never being able to walk again?
Once the law firm puts together all of these figures they can also apply a multiplier to the number depending on the circumstances. How much to multiply is wholly dependant on the circumstances of the case. But with the loss of movement in the legs or entire body this figure can be quite high. An injury lawyer will be able to determine what an appropriate number is by considering all aspects of the case. This can include the total fault of the other party, how the injury has affected the quality of life, and also what they expect during the negotiations with the other side.
Lawyers also will take into account the insurance policies of the defendants and their limits. In some circumstances, perhaps when someone is uninsured, there may be little to no money to recoup and the lawyer will be able to investigate and determine the best course of action.
Settlement or Court Verdict
Settlements are often the preferred outcome for a paraplegia or quadriplegia case. The outcome happens quicker and the responsible party is confirming that they will actually pay the amount agreed upon.
If the party being sued can not come to an agreement on money they owe or disagrees with who was at fault they can allow the case to go to court. In court the case is tried and the outcome is decided by a jury.
Court cases can often result in a much higher payout than a settlement if the jury seeks to teach the defendant a lesson. However, there is a lot of risk in taking a case to court because you could lose and receive nothing for your injury.
The Advantage of Hiring A Lawyer
Although statistics are not available it is believed that almost all injury cases involving paraplegia or quadriplegia are represented by an attorney. A large amount of money is often at stake and this money will often be the responsibility of an insurance company. Insurance companies have deep pockets and will be represented by the best defense lawyers they can find. The injured party needs to use a law firm like the Ryan Law Group to have equal if not better representation than the insurance companies have.
Lawyers and their staff have a lot of experience handling similar cases and have learned what strategies result in winning the desired settlement. They have access to research databases that can also aid them in knowing exactly how to handle each scenario they come across. Attorneys also have the ability to hire experts and investigators to look into the case and present their weighted opinion.
Law firms and specific lawyers also carry a reputation that may include a savviness in the courtroom or a ‘never give in’ spirit that the insurance companies are well aware of. Hiring a law firm known to the insurance companies in this capacity can often result in a quick and easy settlement based on the firm's name alone.
How Do Lawyer Fees Work
Most personal injury law firms, including The Ryan Law Group, work on a contingency basis. This means that they only make money if they secure money for their clients through a settlement or a jury verdict. Their fee is then taken out of this amount.
The fee depends on if the case goes to court. This will cause the fee to go up as there are many more hours now required by the law firm to try the case.
Whether the case goes to court or not the fee is almost always a percent of the settlement or verdict. This percentage is agreed upon before you sign the retainer to hire the law firm.
Services a Law Firm Performs
The first service that a law firm will perform after taking your case is to file any necessary paperwork or send any letters to get the ball rolling. They will then investigate the case by pulling information themselves or often hiring investigators to perform discovery of the incident. A law firm will often have a rolodex full of experts from various industries that are related to common paraplegic or quadriplegic injuries that they will call upon to look into the matter.
Law firms can also help you sort through your medical financial situation and even find you short term funding contingent on your case outcome.
A lawyer will then simply do their best to present a case to the insurance company that they need to pay the amount the lawyer has determined. Hopefully through careful evidence gathering and with the reputation of the law firm behind them the lawyer can secure a quick and large settlement.
If a settlement isn’t reach a lawyer will then take the case to court. The firm will now gather any evidence and witnesses and draw up a case to be presented in front of the jury.
Once a case is settled or finalized in court the law firm will help with payment distribution and closing out everything to make sure you receive your money quickly.
Time Constraints in Filing A Lawsuit
With a quadriplegia or paraplegia injury case the case does need to be filed within two years of the incident.
For many civil or tort cases there may be exceptions for when the statute of limitations begins but for an injury usually caused by a sudden accident the date is pretty clear.
If the injury occurred slowly or undetected for sometime there may be am argument to extend the statute of limitations, but this is rare with these type of cases.
Examples of Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Injury Cases
The most common cause for paraplegia or quadriplegia injuries is automobile collisions. The violent and destructive nature of these incidents are the perfect recipe to cause serious injury to the human body. In Los Angeles vehicle accidents are especially dangerous as our city is known to be the city of cars.
Another example for the occurrence of these injuries is from botched medical procedures. When a doctor is operating or prescribing medication they need to take great care in what they are doing. Negligence in the medical field is also very common and can lead to a catastrophic injury.
Although these are the two most popular causes of injury there are an infinite number of ways an accident can happen.
At The Ryan Law Group, we understand that this is an incredibly stressful time for the quadriplegia victim and his/her family. In order to maximize the victim’s compensation, we recommend that the victim or the victim’s family seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the legal team at The Ryan Law Group today so that we can begin building a case against those who are liable for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured and you feel there was negligence involved you should get in contact with a law firm immediately. The Ryan Law Firm specializes in paraplegic and quadriplegic injury cases. We have an amazing track record for winning large settlements and can help you get the justice you deserve. Give us a call you fill out our contact form on our website today.