It is devastating to be a victim of an accident that results in you becoming a quadriplegic. Quadriplegia is a type of paralysis. Also known as tetraplegia, quadriplegia is when the arms, torso and legs are paralyzed. The loss of mobility affects the victim's ability to work, to interact with loved ones, and to perform routine activities such as self care. While paralysis can occur from damage to the nervous system, it is also caused by a traumatic spinal cord injury that crushes, fractures, or dislocates one or more of its vertebrae. This type of catastrophic injury often occurs in accidents such as a construction accident or a vehicle accident. Sadly, regardless of the type of accident, in most cases the accident that resulted in paralysis was due to negligence and could have been avoided, and the life of the victim will be severely impacted. 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 Quadriplegia 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 Paralysis
In many cases quadriplegia is the result of a serious accident such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, or construction accident, where the spinal cord is crushed or suffers some other type of severe trauma. In other cases the spinal injury is the result of an act of violence such as a gunshot wound or a knife wound. In still other cases a medical error leaves the victim paralyzed.
- Complications related to quadriplegia. In addition to the loss of movement, quadriplegics often experience a number of other medical issues.
- Loss of bladder and bowel control. Because the spinal cord nerves control the function of the bladder and bowels, people with quadriplegia have various degrees of loss of control in this area. Loss of bladder control can lead to urinary tract infections and to constipation.
- Bed sores. When you are immobile for long periods of time, pressure from the weight of the body can cause your skin to develop pressures sores which are also referred to as bed sores.
- Blood clots. When you have quadriplegia, your blood circulation slows down since you are immobile. This can cause clots to develop. Blood clots can be fatal.
- Respiratory problems. Quadriplegics often have respiratory problems since the nerve signals sent to the chest and diaphragm may be weakened or distorted by the spinal cord injury. This may make breathing difficult or impossible.
- Pain. Although quadriplegics may not feel external sensations, it is possible to feel pain within your arms, legs, back, and other areas of the body.
Treatment of a spinal injury that results in paralysis is costly. Following the injury a quadriplegic will require an extended period of treatment and rehabilitative care. You will have to adapt to daily living without the use of their arms and legs. You will likely need physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and counseling. In addition, you may need to move or modify your home to make it accessible. Your medical treatment, equipment, and therapy are all quite costly and may cause you financial distress. In addition, you may no longer be able to work and earn a living. Thus, while your expenses are increasing your income may have substantially decreased.
A personal injury lawsuit against the business, government entity, or individual responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for the negligent acts but will also provide you and your family with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury action you can seek compensation to cover your medical expenses, modifications to your home or vehicle, and equipment needs to help with your rehabilitation and daily living. You can also seek compensation for your lost earnings and loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, you may also be compensated for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the injury.Bronx Quadriplegia 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 quadriplegia, paraplegia, and other types of paralysis. The staff at 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 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.