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Quadriplegia Accident Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois

Paralyzed Man In Wheelchair

Spinal cord injuries that happen to the higher region of the spinal cord surrounding the neck can lead to full or partial paralysis of the arms, hands, torso and legs. When all four limbs and extremities are affected, this is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia. 

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our personal injury law firm has experience with claims and lawsuits involving spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia. Below is some information that may be useful when evaluating a Chicago quadriplegia case.

What Is Quadriplegia?

When an injury to the spinal cord takes place in the cervical section of the spinal column, usually above the C-8 vertebrae. The higher the injury, often the more the arm and hands may be affected. C1-C4 injuries will generally have more arm and hand paralysis and loss of function from the neck down. C5-C8 may have more sensation or movement in the arms and not require a ventilator for breathing. However, all quadriplegics have some loss of function in their fingers or hands. (See more here)

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

As with most spinal injuries, quadriplegia is most commonly caused by a traumatic injury or accident. Auto accidents (view our work here) are the biggest contributor for spinal injuries, responsible for 41% of all. Falls attribute to 26.7% and violence such as gunshot wounds account for over 15%. Sports are fourth on the list of specific causes and "other" is a small 8.6% of all causes.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Accident Victims

Unfortunately, very rarely is quadriplegia ever reversed. Although there have been strides made in the areas of stem cell research, which made mainstream news continuously after Christopher Reed's accident, there still is not a cure for a severe spinal injury that leads to quadriplegia. The treatments associated the condition are mostly to help the many other complications that are often associated with the disability.

  • Blood clots
  • Spastic muscles
  • Respiratory problems
  • Autonomic dysreflexia
  • Infections and viruses
  • Pressure sores

Treatment for quadriplegia is costly and will most likely be an ongoing financial burden for the victim and family for the rest of their lives. Depending on the level of their paralysis, they made need a ventilator to breath and of course will need many changes made in their family's home and vehicles to accommodate them. It is estimated the first year medical costs alone are close to $1 million. Subsequent care per year can be well over $100,000 plus loss of income and other expenses.

Prognosis for Quadriplegics

For survivors of a high level spinal injury that causes quadriplegia, their life expectancy is greatly diminished, as is their quality of life. If they survive past the first 24 hours, their life span is generally between 2-20 years, depending on age of the patient, the degree of injury and whether they require a ventilator.

Legal Representation for Those Who Have Suffered A Spinal Cord Injury In An Accident

The significance of an accident case involving injury to a spinal cord demands the experience of attorneys with experience litigating cases on behalf of paraplegics and tretrapligics. 

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to securing the best possible outcome for those with disabling injuries. We recognize the impact of the accident both on the individual — and their family. We will invest whatever resources necessary to secure the best possible outcome for you. Call us anytime to discuss your legal options. (888) 424-5757

Client Reviews
Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld. Michonne Proulx
Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own. Ethan Armstrong
This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you. Daniel Kaim
Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan! Giulia
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa