Beaumont Paraplegia Injury from Car Accidents Lawyers
If you suffered paraplegia after you were injured in a car accident due to someone’s negligence, contact the Beaumont car accident lawyers of Portner Bond, PLLC right now. You might be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party.
A traumatic accident can cause severe injuries and even death. Paraplegia is debilitating. When you don’t have total control of your limbs and extremities, you can’t perform routine tasks or function at your job. Additionally, medical care and assistance can be expensive and cause financial strain.
At Portner Bond, PLLC, we know the devastation of getting a paraplegia diagnosis. It’s made worse when you realize it resulted from a car crash that could have been prevented. You have a long road ahead and must work hard to regain sensation, movement, and functioning. Unfortunately, the injury might be permanent, preventing you from returning to your regular routine.
You can pursue legal action against the negligent person or company responsible for the car accident. Portner Bond, PLLC is ready to help you hold them liable and seek the maximum compensation you are owed. We will fight by your side for the justice you deserve.
Call us at (409) 838-4444 or contact us online today for your free consultation with one of our Beaumont paraplegia injury lawyers.
What Is Paraplegia?
Paraplegia impairs a person’s sensory or motor functioning in the lower part of the body. It often causes mobility issues, impacting the ability to walk. Many people require a wheelchair to get around because they can no longer control their legs.
You can’t voluntarily move specific parts in the lower half of your body when you have paraplegia. This injury typically affects the legs but could also prevent movement in the feet. Some people lose control of their abdomen. The loss of function depends on the site of the injury. Under certain circumstances, paraplegia might only affect movement in one leg, referred to as incomplete paraplegia.
The most common symptoms of paraplegia include:
- Impaired mobility
- Phantom limb pain
- Chronic pain
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of sensation in the lower half of the body
- High blood pressure
- Trouble with bladder or bowel function
There isn’t a cure for paraplegia, but you could undergo specific treatment. Depending on the location of the damage and severity of the injury, you might be able to improve mobility in the affected limb. With effective treatment methods, you could even regain partial or total control of the impaired body part.
Common paraplegia treatments include:
- Rehabilitation to strengthen the affected muscles and regain function
- Medications to prevent blood clots and infections and reduce nerve inflammation
- Psychological treatment to cope with the injury
- Surgery to treat damage to the spinal cord and address mobility problems
- Occupational therapy to adapt to completing specific tasks despite a physical limitation
Compensation Available for Paraplegia
The cost of medical bills related to a paraplegia injury can be daunting. If you can’t return to work, you can no longer earn a living. Paying for a wheelchair and construction at your home to install a ramp and make the space more disability-accessible is expensive. You might also need to hire someone to assist you with routine tasks.
You could file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. State law requires motorists to prove they can cover the costs of accidents they cause. Liability coverage pays for the injured party’s medical care, vehicle repair or replacement, and other expenses, up to policy limits.
The settlement you receive in a liability claim should compensate you for your losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of household services
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
A disabling injury like paraplegia can interfere with every aspect of your life. The Beaumont paraplegia injury lawyers of Portner Bond, PLLC don’t want you to face the complicated legal road alone. We can take over your case so you can focus on your treatment. You can depend on us to handle each step of the process and aggressively pursue your desired outcome.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents
If the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies your claim or offers a low settlement, you could proceed with a lawsuit to recover the compensation you need. However, you must adhere to a strict timeframe.
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident cases. That means you must file your lawsuit within two years of the crash date to hold the negligent motorist liable. If you have pressing questions about your own case, reach out to us immediately. We’re here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Portner Bond, PLLC knows you probably have questions about your case. We answered some of the most common questions car accident victims ask us. You should review them to understand the complexities of the legal process and how to handle specific circumstances you encounter.
What should I do if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
Although state law requires that all drivers have liability insurance, some drivers don’t have coverage. If another driver is at fault for your injury, but they don’t have insurance, you could file a claim with your insurance carrier.
Uninsured motorist (UM) insurance is optional coverage in Texas. If you choose to include it in your policy, you could file a claim for compensation for certain losses. Depending on the limits you purchased, you might be able to pay for your medical treatment, property damage, and lost wages. A settlement could even compensate for your pain and suffering.
How long will it take to recover from paraplegia?
Unfortunately, paraplegia is often permanent. Some people never recover fully from the injury. You could face a lifetime in a wheelchair, relying on other people to help you in everyday life. However, others regain movement and sensation with ongoing physical therapy and other treatment. The extent of your injury will determine the extent of your healing and the duration of necessary medical care.
What should I do if the insurance adjuster calls me about my claim?
The other driver’s insurance carrier will most likely reach out to discuss the crash with you. Whatever you do, don’t discuss any details with the adjuster. They could use your words against you to justify a lowball settlement offer or deny your claim. Give them our contact information, and we can handle communications with them on your behalf.
With over 85 years of combined legal experience, our Beaumont paraplegia injury lawyers know what it takes to get the job done. We will fight hard to secure the compensation you’re entitled to.
Call us at (409) 838-4444. We’re available 24/7 to speak with you.