Paraplegia Injury

An accident that results in paralysis is a life-changing event. Suddenly having a condition that limits your mobility can be frightening and confusing. Adapting is not easy. Paraplegia is a type of paralysis where there is a complete or incomplete loss of function in the lower part of the body or legs due to a spinal cord injury. It can include not only loss of sensation, but also pain or stinging, loss of bowel control, muscle spasms and a shorter lifespan. In many cases the victim of the spinal cord injury that lead to the paralysis also suffered other severe injuries in the accident such as a brain injury or broken bones. The result is extensive treatment, long recovery, and substantial medical bills. 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 are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you were paralyzed in an accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Paraplegia Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options for filing a claim in order to receive compensation for the expenses related to your injury.

Common Causes of Paraplegia

Paralysis is the loss or impairment of voluntary muscular power due to an injury to the spine. Common types of injuries or conditions that lead to paralysis include:

  • Broken neck
  • Broken back
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Genetic disorder (hereditary spastic paraplegia)
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune diseases

Sadly, in most cases the accident that resulted in paralysis was due to negligence and could have been avoided.

Symptoms of Paraplegia

The symptoms of paraplegia will depend on the site of the injury to the spinal cord. Symptoms of paraplegia can include:

  • Loss of feeling and/or inability to move legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased muscle tone in affected limbs
  • Confinement to a wheel chair
  • Incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Thrombosis
  • Bedsores or pressure sores
  • Chronic nerve pain
Consequences of an Injury that Causes Paraplegia

Those who are paralyzed after a traumatic injury have to endure extended period of treatment and rehabilitation. The expenses involved in the recovery process will be substantial. Your medical bills may include emergency room treatment, hospital bills, surgery bills, and expenses related to prescriptions. Ongoing treatment may involve several specialists including a physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehabilitation nurse, rehabilitation psychologist, social worker, recreation therapist, and dietitian. Furthermore, you will need a wheelchair or some other device to aid in mobility. Medical insurance many not be sufficient to cover lifelong expenses. In addition, such an injury may make it difficult to work. Thus, the victim is often placed in a dire financial position.

A victim of such a serious, permanent injury may suffer emotionally and mentally. Depression and anxiety is not uncommon with victims of spinal cord injuries.

Pursuing a Claim

If your paraplegia resulted from another person's negligence, New York law allows you to pursue damages through a personal injury claim. That person may be ordered to pay for your emergency room visit, surgery, rehabilitation, visits to the doctor, medication, assistive equipment and other related medical expenses. Because paraplegia will require lifelong care that includes special equipment and rehabilitation services, your compensation will take into account not only your past medical bills, but also your future medical expenses. In addition, the negligent party may be liable for other economic losses you sustained such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, a court may award you non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.

Bronx Paraplegia Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in temporary or permanent paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with paraplegia and other types of paralysis. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury 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.

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