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Pasadena Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A spinal cord injury is among the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer, potentially leading to permanent health conditions such as paralysis. Just like the brain, the spinal cord cannot regrow cells to heal itself, and victims of spinal cord injuries are usually left to deal with lifelong disabilities, including quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down) or paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down). It goes without saying that a spinal cord injury is physically, emotionally, and financially devastating.

Spinal cord injuries require extensive medical care and will impose a tremendous financial burden on both victims and their families. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury, you need an experienced Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer on your side.

We understand the incredible challenges you are facing as a result of your injury, and we will do everything we can to help you on your road to recovery. Although we cannot turn back the clock and prevent your injury from happening, the team of compassionate Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers will make sure you get the financial support you need to move forward with your life.

Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Our spines are such an important part of our body and serve many vital functions. Due to their delicate nature, spinal cord injuries can easily lead to paralysis, which is the partial or total loss of one’s ability to move part or most of his or her body. There are several types of paralysis:

  1. Monoplegia: This affects one limb or region of the body.
  2. Paraplegia: This can be caused by damage to the brain, spinal cord, or possibly both. A paraplegic will suffer mobility issues from below the waist, and can lose a noticeable amount of physical sensation.
  3. Diplegia: This type of paralysis affects symmetrical parts of the body, such as both legs or arms. The severity of symptoms on one side of the body may vary greatly in comparison to the other.
  4. Hemiplegia: This will affect one side of the brain and may progressively get worse over time. Victims may also completely lose control and/or physical sensation in one side of the body.
  5. Quadriplegia: This affects the brain or spinal cord and results in the inability to receive or process signals. Many quadriplegics actually have healthy legs and arms, but because they no longer have the same ability to send or receive signals, they may lose muscle control or become very weak.

In all cases involving monoplegia, paraplegia, diplegia, hemiplegia, or quadriplegia, it’s imperative for victims to have a strong support system. All types of paralysis will require physical therapy, exercise therapy, and psychotherapy in order for victims to recover functionality and learn to cope with the social and psychological effects as a result of their injuries.

Liability And Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Medical advances are being made all the time, but most spinal cord injuries are irreversible. Spinal cord injury victims can expect to pay up to $1 million in medical expenses during the first year, and up to $200,000 a year in succeeding years. Even those with the best insurance coverage will struggle to afford such extreme costs. Many will unfortunately go bankrupt as a result.

A Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer from West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover all types of damages that may be available to you as a result of your spinal cord injury.

A spinal cord injury victim may be able to pursue the following types of damages:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Lost Wages.
  • In-Home Assistance and Renovations.
  • Pain and Suffering.
  • Loss of Consortium.
  • Punitive Damages.

If your spinal cord injury was caused by another party’s negligence, you can file a lawsuit against the liable party. Lawsuits for spinal cord injuries usually fall into one of two categories: negligence and faulty or defective products.

What is negligence? Negligence is the failure of a person or an entity to act in a reasonable manner when they had a legal duty to do so. If you were hit by a driver who was too busy checking their text messages to pay attention to the road, this is grounds for a negligence lawsuit against that driver.

Another example is a slip and fall on the premises of a night club, restaurant, or other establishment may be grounds for a negligence lawsuit if the person or entities responsible for ensuring safety on the premises did not do their job properly.

In order to successfully pursue a negligence case, your Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer must show that the the negligent or reckless act caused your spinal cord injury.

There are also product defect lawsuits involving injury as a consequence of a manufacturing or design flaw. A product defect can also be linked to inadequate warnings regarding a known product flaw, or insufficient instructions about how the product should be used. Again, your Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer must prove that your injury was caused by the faulty product.

Product defect lawsuits are very difficult to win, because you’re going up against large corporate interests. Large corporations will spend tremendous resources and go to great lengths to fight your claim, because a loss to you would signify a huge financial loss for them. These companies will also come under strong pressure to remove their defective products from stores, and the negative publicity can be very damaging to their brand.

Our Team is Here to Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will help get you the maximum compensation for your short and long-term medical care and other losses and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Pasadena spinal cord injury lawyer at our firm are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at or by calling toll free at 213 927 3700.

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