Long Island Paralyzed Injury

Raymond Hammond was walking is daughter home from school when he was struck by a car as he crossed a street. As a result of the accident Hammond suffered permanent paralysis and had to remain in the hospital for 3½ months. The driver of the car was determined to be negligent. Hammond v. Diaz, 2011 NY Slip Op 1802 (N.Y. App. Div., 2011). Paralysis is typically caused by a spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is severed or crushed. Often such an injury is the result of an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, or a construction accident. Paralysis is a devastating condition as it affects a person physically and emotionally. You may experience difficulty in carrying on your life, and your relationships with friends and family will be affected. Physical therapy will be required, as well as assistive devices and various medical services to help. If you are suffering from an injury that has left you paralyzed it is critical that you contact an experienced Long Island Paralyzed 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.

Types of paralysis. Depending of the severity of the injury, the paralysis can be temporary or permanent. There are various types of paralysis and conditions that involve paralysis including:

  • Paraplegia describes paralysis the legs only
  • Quadriplegia describes paralysis from the neck down
  • Hemiplegia describes paralysis on one side of the body only
  • Diplegia describes paralysis of the same body part on both sides, such as both legs or both arms
  • Monoplegia describes paralysis of one limb such as one arm or one leg
  • Erb’s palsy is paralysis of one limb
  • Bell’s palsy is paralysis of the facial muscles and skin
Common causes of paralysis

A victim can experience a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis in many different settings, but many occur as a result of a vehicle accident. Many accidents that result in paralysis also occur in the workplace, particular at construction sites where there is heavy equipment and workers often work at high elevations. In still other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice.

Pursuing a claim

If your injury was caused by another person, or if occurred in the workplace there are ways that you can collected compensation to cover the losses you suffered. If you file a personal injury claim against the person whose negligence or intentional act caused your injuries you can demand that he or she pay you for the losses such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses. This is critical as medical expenses related to permanent paralysis will be thousands of dollars each year for the rest of your life.
  • Lost income. This does not refer to missed paychecks from your job, it also refers to other types of lost compensation such as benefits, promotions and bonuses.
  • Pain and suffering. This refers to the physical pain as well as the depression, worry, fear, sadness, and anger that accompany catastrophic injuries.

If your injury occurred in the workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits which include medical benefits and lost wages. However, it is important that you do know assume that just because your accident occurred at work your only source of compensation is workers’ compensation. An experienced attorney will review your case and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled based on the facts of your case.

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 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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