Long Island Paralysis Injury

Paralysis is a condition that leaves victims and their family members suffering physically, emotionally and financially. Paralysis is caused by a severe injury to the spinal cord or due to a neurologic problem. In addition to not having the ability to move certain body parts, victims of paralysis experience a host of medical complications that can make matters much worse, including bedsores, incontinence, infection, and much more. These spinal injuries are often the result of either a construction accident or other accident in the workplace, as well as an auto accident or slip and fall accident. If you are suffering from a paralysis injury due to the negligence of another person or entity it is critical that you contact an experienced Long Island Lawyer as soon as possible, as you have the legal right to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered.

Common causes of paralysis

Injuries that lead to paralysis involve a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can occur in a serious car accident, in a construction accident, or in an act of violence such as a gunshot or stab wound to the spine. While workplace accidents that involve spinal cord injuries are typically construction accidents, a spinal cord injury can happen in any work place. For example, in Barnhard v. Cybex Int'l, Inc., 933 N.Y.S.2d 794 (N.Y. App. Div., 2011), plaintiff Natalie Barnhard suffered a catastrophic injury in a workplace accident when a 600-pound piece of exercise equipment fell on top of her and broke her neck. As a result Barnhard suffered permanent paralysis. The leading causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Sports and recreations accidents
  • Falls
Types of paralysis

A spinal cord injury is the root of paralysis. Depending on the type of injury, the location of the injury on the spinal cord, and the severity of the injury, the paralysis will affect different parts of the body. Examples of different types of paralysis include quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia, dipelgia and monoplegia. Quadriplegia describes paralysis of all four extremities—both legs and both arms. Paraplegia describes paralysis of both legs. Hemiplegia involves paralysis on only one side of the body. Diplegia is paralysis of the same body part on both sides. Monoplegia is paralysis of one limb such as one arm or one leg.

Pursuing a claim

Suffering an injury that results in paralysis is not only physically devastating, it can also have catastrophic effects on your financial well-being. Treatment of a spinal injury is costly. If your paralysis is permanent, you may also need physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, counseling, and assistive technology. In addition, you may need to modify your home to make it accessible. All of these necessities area 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.

The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident that resulted in paraplegia, quadriplegia or any 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 spinal injuries. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. 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 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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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