New York City Paralysis Injury

Each year thousands of people in the U.S. suffer injuries that leave a portion of their bodies paralyzed. While paralysis can result from a brain injury, it is often caused by a spinal cord injury. Often these injuries are the result of an accident at work, such as falling from a scaffold at a construction site, an auto accident, or a recreational accident. Paralysis is defined as the inability to voluntarily move a body part such as an arm, leg, side of the face, or lower part of the body. Paralysis is a devastating condition that can impact many aspects of a victim’s life, particularly if the paralysis is paraplegia or quadriplegia. Victims face significant medical bills, while finding it difficult to find employment. If your paralysis was caused because another person was negligent, you have the right to demand compensation from that person. If you were injured in an accident that left you paralyzed, it is critical that you contact an experienced New York City paralysis injury lawyer as soon as possible, as you have the right to demand. You have the right to demand compensation for the losses you suffered as a result of the negligence.

Common causes of paralysis

While some people lose the ability to move a party of their body after a head injury, or suffering a stroke, paralysis is commonly caused by a catastrophic injury to the spinal cord from an accident or because of an intentional act of violence. Examples of accidents that result in such trauma to the spinal cord include:

  • Car, truck, SUV, and minivan accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Diving accidents
  • Horseback riding accidents
  • Gymnastics accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Football tackling and blocking
  • Chiropractic malpractice
  • Falls
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Falling objects

Depending on the location of the injury to the spinal cord, the victim may suffer quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia, or monoplegia.

Pursuing a claim for a paralysis injury

If you suffered an injury that left you with facial paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia or some other type of paralysis, you have to right to demand the person responsible for your injury pay you fair compensation to cover the losses you suffered. Through a personal injury claim you have the right to demand compensation for your medical costs, your lost wages and benefits, and your physical pain and emotional suffering.

If your paralysis was caused by an injury at work, such as while you were working on a construction project, the accident may be covered by workers’ compensation. Benefits include medical care, cash payments and vocational counseling. If you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, you may not also be entitled to file a personal injury claim. A paralysis injury attorney who represents clients in New York City will be able determine whether you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim, or both.

If your paralysis is permanent and prevents you from being able to work, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.

Whether you file a claim for personal injury, for workers’ compensation or for Social Security disability benefits, there are specific procedures for filing a claim. Failure to following the rules may result in delayed benefits or compensation or denial of benefits or compensation.

Hypothetical

Bobby was riding his bicycle in Manhattan when a speeding car driven by George sideswiped him. Bobby was thrown from his bike. George did not stop, but witnesses wrote down his license plate so that the police later apprehended him. As a result of the accident Bobby suffered severe spinal cord damage and is paralyzed from the neck down. Bobby’s family contacted an attoney to file a negligence claim against George. Because multiple witnesses stated that George was speeding, Bobby will like be able to recover substantial compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you paralyzed, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with paralysis. The paralysis injury lawyers in New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are 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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