Paraplegia: Common Accident Causes and What to Do

July 12, 2019 | By

ParaplegiaParaplegia involves the clinically significant loss of function of the legs and lower body. It might even involve total paralysis of that body zone. Most often, paraplegia is caused by damage to the cervical (neck) or thoracic (chest) vertebra. In turn, that damage affects the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive transmissions from the brain to those bodily mechanisms that control motor, sensory and autonomic nerve function below the level of the spinal cord injury. In the context of accidental spinal cord injuries, most of such injuries are the result of the following:

  • Car, truck and motorcycle crashes.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accident injuries.
  • Falls from heights.
  • Diving accidents.
  • Other sports injuries.

Accidents that render a victim paraplegic are financially and emotionally devastating for victims and their families. Spinal cord tears are irreparable, and the cost of paraplegia over a lifetime is astronomical. When such an injury is caused as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else in or around Portland, you or your family member will need the qualified and effective legal representation that can only be given by the Portland OR paraplegia attorneys at Pickett Dummigan McCall. Our objective is to maximize any compensation that our client might receive, so that he or she can obtain the care and treatment that is necessary over the course of a lifetime.

Oregon law doesn’t require you to speak with an opposing insurer, and we strongly recommend that you leave that to your attorneys. With paraplegia, insurers know that they’re in for big financial exposure, and they’ll do whatever they can do to avoid it. Contact the Portland OR paraplegia attorneys here at Pickett Dummigan McCall to arrange for a free consultation and case assessment. We want to hear what happened, and we can answer your questions too. Then, we can discuss all of your legal alternatives.

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