Long Island Paraplegia Injury

Paralysis is one of the most devastating and costly injuries that a person can suffer. Paraplegia is a type of paralysis that affects the ability to move the legs. Each year in the United States there are over 5,000 new paraplegia patients. One of the most common causes of paraplegia is an injury to the spinal cord that severs it or crushes it. These types of catastrophic injuries commonly occur in construction accidents, falls, car accidents and motorcycle accidents. These accidents almost always are caused because someone was negligent. In other words, the vast majority of traumatic injuries to the spinal cord could have been avoided. If you are a paraplegic due to the negligence of another, it is important that you immediately contact a Long Island personal injury lawyer as you may have a right to receive compensation for your medical expenses and other losses you suffered.


Paraplegia and quadriplegia are the two major types of paralysis. Paraplegia will be the result of an injury to the spinal cord below the first thoracic spinal nerve. It causes motor or sensory function impairment of the lower have of the body. Some refer to paraplegia as partial paralysis while quadriplegia is referred to as full paralysis. Paraplegia can be complete or incomplete. With complete paraplegia there is no sensation or function in the legs. With incomplete paraplegia there is some sensory function, but no ability to move the legs.

In addition to lack of function in the legs, paraplegia is often accompanied by a number of other medical problems including impotence, bladder incompetence, bowel incompetence, and muscle spasm. Some paraplegics even experience pain.

Common causes of paraplegia

While paralysis can occur because an illness, it is more common for it to be caused by an accident such as:

  • Car, SUV, minivan and truck accident
  • SUV rollover accidents
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Airplane accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Train and subway accidents
  • Recreational and sports accidents
  • Criminal assaults
  • Construction accidents
  • Falls
Health concerns related to paraplegia

In addition to the decreased ability to move the lower have of the body, paraplegics are likely to suffer a number of other health issues including:

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased muscle tone in affected limbs
  • Impotence
  • Thrombosis
  • Bedsores or pressure sores
  • Chronic nerve pain
Filing a claim for compensation

If someone else is responsible for your paralysis it is only fair that that person should be financially responsible for your medical bills and other losses you suffered as a result of not being able to walk. Under New York law you have the legal to demand payment by filing a personal injury claim and naming the negligent person as the defendant. The defendant person may be ordered to pay for your emergency room fees and hospital bills. The defendant can also be ordered to pay the bills for surgery, outpatient treatment, rehabilitation, visits to specialists, medication, medical devices, and counseling.

In addition, the defendant may be liable for other losses you sustained such as lost wages, lost benefits and loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, a court may award you non-economic damages such as compensation for pain and suffering.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

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 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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