Being diagnosed with paraplegia, a type of paralysis that affects muscle function from the waist down, is no joke. You are probably still in shock after your doctor broke the news to you. And it is understandable considering that you are trying to come to terms with the possibility that you may have to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair.
But you do not necessarily have to. If you take legal action now, and recover a sizeable compensation from the at-fault party, you may still have a chance to be able to walk again if you begin your medical treatment immediately. But keep in mind that this treatment is not going to be cheap or affordable.
“It could cost you millions of dollars, and there are no guarantees that you will ever be able to walk again or regain the same sensation in your legs as prior to the accident,” says our San Diego paraplegia injury attorney from the Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP.
How to determine the value of your paraplegia injury case?
Whatever is the case, you still have a right to recover the financial compensation you deserve. But how do you determine the full value of your personal injury case when suing for something as complex as paraplegia? After all, putting a dollar value on paraplegia, the type of paralysis that results in the loss of sensation and movement from the waist down, can be quite tricky.
The permanence of your disability may differ depending on the severity of your injury. The permanence of your disability will be the most critical factor when determining the amount of money to sue for.
Emotional distress and other non-tangible costs of paraplegia
Here at the Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our best personal injury lawyers in California understand how important it is to provide those diagnosed with paraplegia not only with legal help, but also moral support. But rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to recover monetary compensation for your mental anguish, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
How do you put a dollar value on never being able to walk again? And how do you measure the extent of emotional distress and mental anguish associated with the realization that you will have to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair? While determining tangible costs such as lost wages and medical bills are not that difficult (all you have to do is calculate how many days of work you have missed due to the injury and keep receipts for medical expenses), determining the value of the emotional, psychological, and mental impact (the non-tangible costs) will require the legal advice of a San Diego paraplegia injury attorney in cooperation with medical professionals.
Not to mention that determining the amount to sue for for not being able to enjoy many things in your life for the rest of your life can be quite problematic without an experienced lawyer from the Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, a reputable personal injury law firm in California that has offered thorough and careful assessments of damages and injuries to thousands of people across the state.
Loss of income, medical bills, and other damages
The financial burden of paraplegia – or any other type of paralysis, for that matter – can be quite overwhelming. After all, besides having to pay for your medical treatment, medication, rehabilitation, and medical devices, you and your family members will also suffer from the loss of income and the loss of your earning potential, among other things.
Determining the value of lost wages and loss of earning capacity for years or decades to come (or for the rest of your life) can seem impossible, yet an experienced paraplegia injury attorney can help you with this after investigating your particular case and taking into account all relevant factors, including the severity and permanence of your injury, your age and health condition prior to the injury, and many more.
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Once your lawyer has put together all of the above-mentioned figures, he or she will then apply a multiplier to the number depending on the circumstances of your particular case. Since the total fault of the defendant plays a major role in determining how much to multiply, your attorney will do whatever it takes to establish liability before calculating the damages.
Let’s calculate the value of your personal injury case involving paraplegia together. Schedule a free consultation by contacting the Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, today. Call our offices at 619-630-0205 or complete this contact form for a free case evaluation.