Blind man sues friends after window fall left him paralyzed from Spinal Injury
Mark Pollock is a man that has achieved so much in his life after he lost his vision at the young age of 22.¬† He was the first blind man to race to the South Pole and has completed multiple Ironman competitions, marathons, and even a 1,400 mile Round Ireland Yacht Race.¬† Pollock has won bronze and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in the early 2000‚Äôs. ¬†
Mr. Pollock tragically fell out of a window one evening at his friend‚Äôs house.¬† Apparently, there was a window that was left opened in the room he was sharing with another person.¬† It was a hot evening and it was very common for windows to be left opened to cool off the rooms.¬† Mr. Pollock was not informed that there was a window or that the window would be opened.¬† The owners, Enda and Madeline Cahill, neglected to warn him and are now being blamed for his catastrophic injuries including his spinal injury.
Mr. Pollock claims that he was on his way to the bathroom when tripped and fell out of the window down 25 feet to the ground.¬† The horrific accident caused major spinal injuries paralyzing him for the rest of his life.¬† He now requires constant care and is suing his good friends for millions.¬† Mr. Pollock does not want his friends to come out of pocket for any expenses.¬† He wants their homeowner‚Äôs insurance policy to be the party that pays for his care.¬† ¬†
The Cahill‚Äôs legal team argues that they had no way of foreseeing the accident and that all charges be dismissed.¬† They do not see how they are at fault in any way even though, when asked, they told the courts that they would not have left a child alone in the room with the window opened.¬† The Cahill‚Äôs claim they did not see the window as a risk to Mr. Pollock which was why they did not warn him in any way about the danger of it being opened.¬† They are saddened at what happened but deny they are at fault. ¬†
The Judge is waiting until a later date to make a final decision on the case. ¬†
Walker Texas Lawyer Represents Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries¬†
Auto accidents are the leading cause of the approximately 17,000 spinal cord injuries that occur every year.¬† About 282,000 people currently live with a spinal injury and face substantial challenges in mobility, health, employment and activities of daily life. ¬†The effects of a spinal injury depend on the vertebra that was damage. Any level of spinal injury may result in:
‚Ä¢Tingling in limbs
‚Ä¢Bowel and bladder incontinence
‚Ä¢Loss of sensation
‚Ä¢Infertility and sexual dysfunction
Costs of a Spinal Injury¬†
On average, a person who suffers complete damage to a high cervical vertebra, nearly $1.1 million in the first year and roughly $185,000 every year after that. Damage to a lower cervical vertebra costs $770,00 in the first year and $113,500 in each subsequent year.¬†¬†
Costs associated with complete damage to the thoracic or lumbar region that results in paraplegia averages $518,904 in the first year and $68,739 in each subsequent year. Incomplete damage to the spinal cord that impairs motor function to any degree may cost about $347,484 in year one and $42,206 each year after. ¬†This means that a 25 year-old person whose cervical spinal cord is completely damaged faces lifetime costs of $4,724,181. Damage in the lower regions of the spine can reach a total of $2,310,104. Incomplete motor function at any level costs a 25 year-old about $1,578,274 over a lifetime. ¬†(Source)
As costs to live escalate, your lifetime earning capacity is substantially diminished. ¬†Walker Texas Lawyer’s goal is to fight aggressively to recover the damages needed to help you achieve the care you deserve. ¬†If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury in Houston, then you need a catastrophic injury lawyer who specializes in spinal injury law.
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Attorney James S. Walker has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of over 25,000 clients. He has witnessed first hand the peace that comes with justice. Attorney James S. Walker is a personal injury lawyer located in Houston, Texas. Inside Houston Magazine ranks Attorney Walker as one of the top lawyers in Houston.
His Ô¨Årm, Walker and Hunter P.C. has been voted Law Firm of the Year. ¬†A graduate of Michigan State University with a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Attorney Walker, or ‚ÄúWalker Texas Lawyer,‚Äù as he is sometimes known, is a caring personal injury lawyer who aggressively fights for his clients.