If a recent accident left you paralyzed, it is understandable to be overwhelmed by the sudden and irreversible twist your life has taken. Paralysis is one of the most debilitating outcomes that an accident can have, and if that outcome only occurred because someone else acted negligently, the situation may be even more devastating.
Fortunately, individuals who suffer paralysis due to someone else’s negligence have the right to retain a catastrophic injury attorney and file suit against the liable party. A skilled Castle Rock paralysis injury lawyer could help you maximize the potential compensation you may be eligible for and work hard to advocate for your best interests.
As is the case with many other types of personal injuries, car wrecks are the most common accident-based cause of paralysis. However, injuries that cause this condition may also stem from sports-related impacts, slips or trips and falls, accidents in which a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, and—in certain situations—mistakes by physicians and surgeons.
Regardless of what specifically causes a paralyzing injury, the standard for proving civil liability is generally the same. To prove legal negligence and recover compensation, either the plaintiff in a paralysis injury claim or their Castle Rock attorney must first prove that the defendant violated a duty they owed the claimant to act as a reasonable person would or to meet a specific standard of care. Then, they must show that the defendant’s reckless or careless actions directly caused the plaintiff to suffer compensable losses, most notably an injury that left them with a loss of mobility, sensation, and/or motor control.
While paralysis is sometimes a temporary condition that may partially or completely heal over time, severe damage to the neck or spine usually causes permanent loss of sensation and mobility below the point of impact. Depending on the circumstances, this may result in paraplegia—paralysis below the waist—or quadriplegia—paralysis below the neck—either of which may cause someone to suffer extensive physical, financial, and emotional losses for years to come.
Unfortunately, state law imposes a cap on recovery for non-economic damages, such as physical pain, emotional anguish, and loss of consortium. Under state law, the inflation-adjusted cap on non-economic recovery is $584,210 for most cases. However, given the severe and permanent nature of paralysis injuries, a dedicated lawyer in Castle Rock could help present the “clear and convincing evidence” to double the amount of recovery allowed under this cap.
Being diagnosed with permanent paralysis after a serious accident is a uniquely horrifying and life-altering experience. Sadly, it is one that financial compensation can do little to truly make up for. However, this award could ensure that you do not suffer financially due to the injuries that another person’s negligence caused.
A qualified Castle Rock paralysis injury lawyer could discuss your legal options with you and work tirelessly to secure a positive case result on your behalf. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys.