Paralysis Injuries Lawyers
When a serious accident leaves a victim with paralysis, an injury lawyer can step in and help them get the funds needed for long-term treatment and disability. Traumatic injuries to the spine or brain can cause loss of feeling to the extremities, and in general, such injuries are permanent. While some measure of recovery is occasionally possible in young, otherwise healthy patients, this requires dedicated physical therapy and heroic effort from the patient. No matter how a victim chooses to approach their recovery, though, it will dominate their life for months, even years, and the permanent change in quality of life can be enormous.
WHAT KINDS OF PARALYSIS INJURIES CAN A LAWYER ASSIST WITH?
Spine and brain injuries typically occur as a result of accidents that involve forceful impacts. Some of the most common causes of spine and brain injuries are:
- Vehicle accidents, which account for about 40 percent of all brain and spine injuries.
- Falls, which account for a little more than 25 percent of injuries.
- Violence, which accounts for about 15 percent of injuries.
- Impacts during recreation sports, which accounts for about eight percent of injuries.
Not all of these accidents warrant legal action, though in many cases, they do. When vehicle accidents and falls occur, it is usually due to another party’s negligence. When violence is responsible for an injury, the defendant is clearly responsible for any damages.
WHEN A VICTIM SUFFERS FROM A PARALYSIS, HOW CAN A LAWYER HELP?
Any injury can result in extensive medical and emotional costs, but when a victim loses their ability to walk and live their life as normal, the toll is much higher. This is why claims involving spinal cord injuries tend to recover larger judgements. Some of the damages that an attorney will account for include:
- Medical costs, which in addition to initial treatment, also includes physical therapy, medication, and in-home care.
- Lost wages, which accounts for the difference between what a victim was earning, and what they can earn following their injury.
- The cost of any medical devices, like wheelchairs.
- The cost of any needed modifications to the home, like ramps or lifts.
- Pain and suffering that may be long-term or permanent as a result of the injury.
- Loss of consortium.
- Emotional damages related to loss of quality of life. This usually accounts for the victim’s activities and hobbies that are no longer possible.
Clearly, a victim can lose a lot to paralysis. An injury lawyer will do everything possible to assess the worth of these damages, and they are usually significant. Large judgments are common, which means the defendant will try hard to avoid responsibility. The defendant will likely blame the victim for their own decisions and attempt to attribute some of the negligence on the victim’s behalf. An attorney will work to ensure these defenses have no merit, and will negotiate aggressively on the victim’s behalf during settlement.