According to recently released data every year there are thousands of people in the United States who suffer paralysis caused by spinal injuries. Traumatic spinal injury can be the result of a number of incidents including a work-related construction accident, a slip and fall accident, or an auto accident. Whether your paralysis was caused by a car accident, a fall, a construction accident or some other reason, the impact on your life and the life of your family can be devastating. Furthermore, you will be faced with a lifetime of medical expenses associated with treating your injury. Whether your paralysis occurred in a car accident, was caused by an act of medical malpractice, or resulted from another type of act of negligence, New York law allows you to seek damages through a personal injury claim. If you or a loved are now paralyzed as a result of the negligence of another person it is important that you speak with a New York Injury Lawyer for legal guidance. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including reimbursement for your medical expenses, loss of income and your pain and suffering.Signs of a Paralysis Injury
While paralysis can occur suddenly following a traumatic injury to the spinal cord, in some cases paralysis may not occur until days or even weeks following the injury. Signs that you may have damage to your spinal cord that may lead to paralysis include:
- Acute back pain
- Pressure in the back, head or neck
- Weakness in any part of your body
- Lack of coordination
- Tingling in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Numbness or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Difficulty walking
- Impaired breathing
- Twisted neck or back
- Muscle spasms
All paralysis injuries occur due to trauma to the spine. The location of the spinal injury will determine what part of the body is affected.
- Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Causes paralysis or weakness in both arms and legs. This is also known as quadriplegia.
- Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: Causes paralysis or weakness of the legs along with loss of physical sensation, bowel, bladder and sexual function.
- Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: Causes weakness or paralysis of the legs. This is also known as paraplegia.
- Sacral Spinal Cord Injury: Mainly causes loss of bowel and bladder function as well as sexual dysfunction. They can also cause paralysis of the hips and legs.
While most injuries occur due to an accident caused by the negligence of another, in other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice. Examples of medical errors that can result in paralysis include:
- Incorrect positioning of the patient during surgery
- Failure to immobilize the spine after an accident
- Failure to monitor spine during surgery
- Chiropractic malpractice
- Intubation errors
These injuries can also occur due to the construction accident. These accidents can occur from something as simple as falling from scaffolding or a ladder, or other construction related injury. If you have suffered a paralysis injury due to a construction accident, it is important to speak with our legal team for advice. You may be entitled to compensation over and above what is available via workers compensation.Pursuing a Claim
Suffering an injury that results in paralysis is not only physically devastating, it can also have catastrophic effects on your financial well-being. Treatment of a spinal injury is costly. If your paralysis is permanent, you may also need physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, counseling, and assistive technology. In addition, you may need to modify your home to make it accessible. All of these necessities area costly and will contribute to your financial distress.
A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligence, but will provide you with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury action you can seek compensation to cover the past and future medical expenses related to you injury. You can also seek compensation for your lost earnings and loss of future earning capacity. Furthermore, the physical and psychological pain and suffering you endured from your injury are compensable losses as well.Bronx Paralysis Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal cord injuries. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.