Quadriplegia is the loss of sensation from the neck to the bottom of both feet. It is often the result of an accident and can be temporary or permanent. Other common causes of quadriplegia include falls, medical malpractice, and sustaining a severe injury while playing sports. Young men between 18 and 30 are the most likely group to be involved in an accident that causes quadriplegia. It can also have medical causes, such as a stroke. A quadriplegia injury lawyer at Frekhtman & Associates is available to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf if another person or group caused your catastrophic injuries.
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an advocacy group for quadriplegic individuals and their families, the first-year costs associated with quadriplegia are just over $499,000. This includes an average hospital stay of 12 days and an average stay of 37 days in a rehabilitation center. For each year that the injured person remains quadriplegic, expenses average approximately $66,000. A person who become quadriplegic at age 25 can expect to spend $1.4 million dollars for a lifetime of care.
Besides the inability to walk or move any of his or her limbs, a catastrophic accident victim may deal with respiratory issues, chronic pain, dysfunction of the bladder or bowel, spastic muscles, low blood pressure, and other serious complications. Intensive daily care is required in order for the quadriplegic individual to experience an acceptable quality of life. Typical services include a home health aide, drug therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and an individualized bladder and bowel program to prevent or treat complications.
If you or an immediate family member require such intensive daily services, it is important to get them immediately. Unfortunately, accident victims often don’t get the help they need due to concern about finances. Frekhtman & Associates wants to help your family at this extremely difficult time. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to learn more about the compensation you can expect if you win your lawsuit against the party that caused your injuries.