Spinal Cord and Quadriplegia Injury Accidents Attorney Lawyer Miami FL

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
Founder of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.

Paralysis is a general term used in describing partial or complete loss of body movement and/or sensation subsequent to damage of the nervous system.  Paralysis affecting the arms and legs is known as quadriplegia.  Paralysis of the lower half of the body is known as paraplegia. 

Quadriplegia is usually the result of spinal cord injury at a high point of the spine, such as the cervical spine.  Spinal cord injuries can include vertebral fractures, chronic compression of the spinal cord due to a tumor, a congenital condition such as spinal bifida, or multiple sclerosis.  Sexual functions, urinary and fecal incontinence, digestion and breathing problems are very common with quadriplegics.  Quadriplegics also suffer from numerous medical complications including bedsores, renal failures, pneumonia, thrombosis, frozen joints, respiratory ailments, infections and other complications.

In the United States, there are approximately 250,000 people living with some form spinal cord injuries including quadriplegia and an additional 11,000 new cases are reported yearly.  It is interesting to note that an astonishing 82% are males. 

We have an impressive record of caring about our clients.  Due to the seriousness of spinal cord and quadriplegia injuries, special attention must be placed in accounting for a lifetime of future needs including medical expenses, special equipment, therapies, medications, supplies, transportation, special housing arrangements and care, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other damages.  A structured settlement agreement might be necessary due to the potential size of the settlement.

The main causes of quadriplegia and all spinal cord injuries are as follows:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - 37%
  • Violence, including Gunshot Wounds - 28%
  • Falls - 21%
  • Sports Activity - 6%
  • Other- 8%

The main types of accidents that cause quadriplegia can include:

  • Airplane or Helicopter Accidents
  • Amusement or Theme Park Accident
  • ATV, Moped, Scooter or Go-Kart Accidents
  • Auto or Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating or Watercraft Accidents
  • Bus, Train or Mass Transit Accidents
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Defective Products
  • Drunk Driver or DUI Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Pharmacy Errors
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Sporting Accident
  • Truck Accidents

Common injuries associated with quadriplegia can also include:

  • Back Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Broken Neck
  • Fractured Vertebrate
  • Herniated Disks
  • Loss of Sensation
  • Neck Injuries
  • Nerve Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Tetraplegia
  • Other Spinal Cord Injuries

The costs of quadriplegia injuries are very high.  Below are some of the estimated costs:

  • Average days spent in hospital - 15 days
  • Average days spent in rehab - 44 days
  • Initial hospitalization costs following injury - $140,000
  • First year expenses for quadriplegics - $417,000
  • Average lifetime costs for quadriplegics - $1,350,000

 You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

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