Long Island Paralyzed Injury
A catastrophic injury can change the direction of the victim’s life. An injury that leaves the victim paralyzed is an example of such a life-changing injury. While paralysis that affects limited area of the body may not affect the victim’s life very much, in situations where the spinal cord injury or a brain injury is so severe that the victim is loses the ability to walk, move his (or her) arms, or breathe, practically every aspect of life will be affected. One of the scariest aspects of such an injury is the financial impact it will have on you and your family. You face a seemingly never-ending stream of medical bills and household bills while your income has decreased since you are unable to return to work. We at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates understand the financial and emotional challenges faced by victims of traumatic injuries. We are here to help. The experienced Long Island paralyzed injury lawyers from our office have the resources and knowledge to help you fight for the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under the law.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 of 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
While paralysis is often the result of spinal cord injuries, it can also be caused by a brain injury or nerve damage. Such injuries can occur in a variety of different settings, but many occur as a result of a vehicle accident. Many accidents that result in paralysis also occur in the workplace, particularly 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, such as when a medical professional’s negligence during delivery causes the baby to suffer nerve damage.Pursuing a claim
If your injury was caused by another person, or if occurred in the workplace there are ways that you can collect 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 not assume that just because your accident occurred at work your only source of compensation is workers’ compensation. An experienced paralyzed injury attorney in Long Island will review your case and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled based on the facts of your case.Hypothetical
A worker at a construction site is standing on a scaffold platform. He loses his balance. Because he is not wearing a harness and other safety precautions were not taken, the worker falls 5 stories, suffering a broken neck. As a result he was left paralyzed from the neck down. This worker would be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, but may also be eligible to pursue additional damages from his employer under the Scaffold Law.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 an experienced paralyzed injury attorney serving Long Island 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.