Paraplegia Settlements and Verdicts

Paraplegia cases are among the very worst types of cases our attorneys handle. You don't forget these cases. Our lawyers are often star-struck, for lack of a better term, by the strength our paraplegic clients demonstrate as they weather this storm.

For accident victims who suffer from paraplegia, this almost invariably life altering condition always comes out of left field, leaving them unprepared for a life that may alter their ability to work and care for their families. Our law firm provides compassionate, experienced representation for the victims of paraplegia.

Jury Verdicts and Settlements of Paraplegia Personal Injury Cases

Nationally, the average verdict in a paraplegia case is $13,854,040. The average verdict for spastic or incomplete paraplegia is 5,325,000. Of course, the key from the victim's standpoint is not necessarily how much the verdict is but how much can be collected from the defendant or the defendant's insurance company. The settlement value of a paraplegia case is going to depend in no small measure on the amount of available insurance and the assets of the defendant(s). Our law firm has the necessary experience to handle catastrophic injury cases and the insurance issues that come with them (one of our lawyers is an insurance law professor).

Paraplegia Verdicts & Settlements
  • Zhou v. City & County of San Francisco (California 2018) $14.5 million: 36-year old housewife was with her toddler at a park in San Francisco when a massive 100 pound tree branch broke off and fell on top of her. The tree branch struck her in the back and severed her spinal cord resulting in permanent paraplegia. She sued the City and the maintenance company for the park alleging that they negligently failed to trim and maintain the trees in the park to guard against falling branches. Following the first day of trial the parties agreed to mediation and eventually settled the case for $14.5 million.
  • Ackerschott v. Mountain View Hosp. (Idaho 2018) $7.9 million: plaintiff went to defendant hospital for treatment after hurting his back lifting something at work. Plaintiff alleged that doctors and staff at the hospital negligently failed to recognize the serious nature of his injury and had him perform movements and tests instead of immediately immobilizing him. Plaintiff claimed that this medical error caused him to suffer compression on his spinal cord due to spinal cord disruption which left him with permanent paraplegia from the waist down. Defendants contended that plaintiff was at fault because he refused to be sent to the emergency room upon admission. After a 7 day trial a jury in Boneville County awarded plaintiff $7.9 million in damages.
  • Simmons v. Candler Hospital Inc. (Georgia 2018) $18 million: plaintiff, a 58 year old accountant, went to defendant hospital for treatment of severe back pain. She was diagnosed with a bloodstream infection and treated with antibiotics, but sometime later she lost movement in her legs. It was later discovered that her infection had migrated to her spine, a complication called vertebral osteomyelitis, which led to a dangerous abscess in her spine. The spinal abscess ultimate left plaintiff with permanent paraplegia. She sued the hospital for negligently failing to diagnose the spinal infection and abscess which caused her paralysis. After a 6 day trial, a jury in Chattam County awarded plaintiff $18 million in damages.
  • Plaintiff v. Travel Company (Massachusetts 2018) $2.5 million: plaintiff in this case was a 17-year old on a class graduation trip. The defendant travel company organized the trip and provided adult supervision for the students. At some point during the trip supervisors from the travel company allowed the students to drink alcohol and many became intoxicated. Plaintiff and some of his friends attempted to throw a 17-year old female classmate into the air while in the pool. The female classmate landed on the plaintiff's head and fractured his neck. The fracture left plaintiff with paraplegia. In defense the travel company denied giving the students alcohol and insisted that the student's actions were solely to blame. The case settled fairly quickly for $2.5 million.
  • Crillo v. Clarke Developers Inc. (New Jersey 2018) $8.2 million: a 40-year construction worker suffered permanent paraplegia after falling 20 feet off a scaffold. He sued the general contractor of the construction site for negligently failing to provide fall protection and other safety measures required by OSHA. The case settled for $8.2 million.
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