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Bronx Paralysis Injury

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. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you are suffering from a paralysis injury it is critical that you contact an experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries including compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.

Signs of a paralysis injury

If you suffer an injury that will cause paralysis, there are a variety of symptoms that may indicate that you have damage to your spinal cord and that you may lose sensation in a part of your body. These symptoms include severe back pain, muscle spasms, pressure in the neck, head or back, lack of coordination, tingling inn your toes, feet or hands, incontinence, twisted back, impaired breathing, and difficulty walking.

Types of paralysis

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.
Common causes of paralysis

While most injuries occur due to a car accident, construction accident or some other type of accident, in other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice. For example, paralysis may result if the medical staff incorrectly positions a patient during surgery, fails to immobilize the spine after an accident, fails to monitor the spine during surgery, makes an intubation error, or a chiropractor makes an error during an adjustment.

Pursuing a claim

Suffering an injury that results in paraplegia, quadriplegia or some other type of paralysis is not only physically devastating, it can also have catastrophic effects on your financial well-being and the financial well-being of your family. Treatment of a spinal injury is costly. If your paralysis is permanent you will require a lifetime of treatment. You may need physical, occupation, and recreational therapy. You may need to be treated for health problems commonly associated with paralysis. You may need counseling and special equipment. All of these necessities are 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.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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 injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates 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. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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