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Bronx 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 that involves a loss of function in the lower part of the body or legs due to a spinal injury. Paraplegia is sometimes referred to as being paralyzed from the waist down. Paraplegia can result from any type of accident that involves a severe injury to the spinal cord such as a car, SUV, minivan or truck accident, a construction accident, or a fall. If another person's negligence resulted in you becoming a paraplegic, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx paraplegia lawyer who will review you case and explain to you your legal options for filing a claim for compensation for your losses.

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 many cases the accident that resulted in paralysis was completely avoidable because it was due to another person's carelessness.

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 you are now paralyzed because another person was negligent, careless, or injured you intentionally, you have the legal right to demand compensation from that person by filing a personal injury claim. This means that the negligent person may be ordered to pay you medical bills including the fees for your doctors, specialists, hospital, medication, rehabilitation, and medical equipment. That person may also be required to pay your lost wages and your pain and suffering. Furthermore, depending on the details of your case, you may also receive an award for punitive damages.

If your accident occurred in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits instead of or in addition to compensation from a personal injury claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

An accident can occur just about anywhere-- work, home, or while driving. These situations can be tragic and extremely difficult for you and your family to handle. You can take steps towards recovery by pursuing compensation from those responsible. 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. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury 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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