Spinal Cord Injury Caused by an Uber Accident

While few dispute the convenience of Uber transport, if you have been the victim of an Uber accident in which you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you are probably not a fan of the rideshare service. 

At Compass Law Group, LLP, we are committed to fighting aggressively for the rights of Californians who, like you, have suffered severe injuries as passengers in Uber accidents.  Contact us promptly for a free consultation to find out if you have a viable claim. If you do, we will represent you on a contingency basis, charging you no attorneys’ fees until we win you damages.

In addition to being overwhelmed by your physical and emotional trauma, you may be confused about how to proceed. You may also be facing mounting medical bills at the same time you have become unable to work.

This is the time working with our Uber accident attorney is invaluable. Our legal team will take over all legal and insurance matters so that you can catch your breath and begin to recover, knowing that our highly competent attorneys are looking out for your best interests.

Location and Severity of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are classified according to the spinal region in which they occur: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper chest, mid-back), lumbar (hips and legs), sacral (thighs, buttocks, pelvis). The intensity of spinal cord injury is determined by whether spinal nerve damage is complete or incomplete, leading to partial or total loss of function in the area below.

Tragically, the spine, unlike many parts of the body, is not capable of regeneration. This means that spinal cord injuries at present are catastrophic; most victims suffer ongoing disability and require long-term care. Although researchers are hard at work on experimental treatments, some of which are being used on a trial basis, victims of spinal cord injuries have to work under the assumption that they will remain disabled for the foreseeable future.

Spinal Cord Injuries Suffered in Uber Accidents Cause a Broad Range of Problems

For many victims of negligent Uber drivers, partial or complete paralysis is only the beginning of their suffering. They are also subject to:

  • Bed sores, obesity, and depression from inactivity
  • Circulatory problems such as high blood pressure and blood clots (DVTs)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Loss of skin sensation — inability to perceive heat, cold, pressure, pain, pleasure
  • Loss of muscle tone — uncontrolled tightening (spasticity) or limp muscles (flaccidity)
  • Pins and needles sensations on areas of the skin 
  • Respiratory problems due to affected abdominal and chest muscles 
  • Sexual dysfunction

It is clear that spinal cord injuries are life-altering for victims and their loved ones. This is why it is critical to have a talented Uber accident attorney working on your case.

Services Compass Law Group Will Provide

Our Los Angeles Uber accident attorney has a well-earned reputation for competent, compassionate representation and a history of winning meaningful damages for our clients. Our team is well-informed about California laws relating to Uber, especially the noteworthy legislation enacted in 2020 that reclassified Uber drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. 

When this bill became law, it made it easier for us to file a personal injury lawsuit against the Uber corporation as well as its driver, as long as the driver was actively working for Uber (i.e. “on the app”) at the time of the accident. It should also be noted here that if another driver bears responsibility for the accident, our Uber accident attorneys are ready to stand up for any party injured in the Uber vehicle — including the Uber driver.

Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case Involving Uber Accident

There are several reasons you may be at increased risk riding in an Uber vehicle since:

  • Uber is relatively lax about vetting its drivers
  • Uber drivers are not specially trained by the company
  • Uber drivers may work extremely long hours or at more than one job and may be more fatigued or sleepy than other drivers
  • Uber drivers are only drug-tested after an accident

We are well-prepared to investigate your Uber accident in detail to pinpoint precisely what caused the collision. Not only is it possible that another driver bears liability; it is also possible that an automotive defect or road condition caused the crash. 

Whatever we find to be the cause of your spinal cord injury in an Uber accident, you can be sure we will fight for maximum damages from the responsible party. In some cases, we may even be able to recover more than the $1 million Uber advertises as its upper limit for personal injury claims.

We Will Fight for the Resources You Need for the Future After Your Uber Accident Spinal Cord Injury

The Uber accident attorneys of Compass Law Group, LLP are focused and energetic when it comes to persuading opposing attorneys during negotiations or the court during litigation that you are entitled to damages to compensate you for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Psychological counseling
  • Lost income, present and future
  • Long-term nursing and home care services
  • Replacement services
  • Assistive devices (e.g. wheelchair, rollator)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In some cases, a spinal cord injury is deadly. If you have lost a loved one in an Uber accident, our legal team will work tirelessly to get you a measure of justice by fighting for damages to compensate you for final medical costs, funeral expenses, and loss of financial and emotional support. 

Whether or not there was a wrongful death, if the Uber driver’s misconduct was especially egregious (e.g. involving road racing or impairment), our team may be able to obtain punitive damages as part of your settlement.

Contact Our Experienced Uber Accident Attorneys Today

Compass Law Group’s skilled law team will be at your side no matter what happens. Having an in-depth understanding of what you have been through and continue to endure, we will do everything in our power to provide you with the security you need to relax as you restructure your life. Contact our experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer today.

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