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Bronx Quadriplegia Injury

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. The life of the victim and the lives of the victim's loved ones will be severely impacted. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because the negligence of another person caused you or a loved one to become a quadriplegic, contact a Bronx quadriplegia lawyer who will review the facts of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

Common causes of paralysis

There are many different types of accidents that could lead to paralysis:

  • Car accident
  • Construction accident
  • Slip and fall accident
  • Medical malpractice such as failure to immobilize the spine before moving an injured patient
  • Chiropractic malpractice
  • Knife or gunshot wound
Complications quadriplegics suffer

In addition to the loss of the ability to move or feel sensation from the neck down, quadriplegics are susceptible to other medical problems.

  • Loss of bladder and bowel control. Because 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.

In addition to the inability to move or feel sensations in a large part of the body, quadriplegic tend to suffer a number of other health problems such as pressure sores, spastic muscles, blood clots, incontinence, and respiratory problems. This means that victims require a substantial amount of medical treatment for the rest of their lives. Through a personal injury lawsuit victims can require the person who was responsible for the accident to pay for the victim's losses, including both past medical bills and the medical bills you will have related to your injury for the rest of your life.

In addition, when you file your personal injury lawsuit you can also include demands for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in quadriplegia, paraplegia, or some other type of paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with catastrophic injuries such as 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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