New York City Paralyzed Injury

Each year thousands of people find that they have lost the ability to move their legs, arms, fingers, or other parts of their body because of a brain or spinal cord injury. In many of these cases the injury was not caused because the victim did something wrong, but because another person was negligent. In fact, one of the leading causes of sudden paralysis is a car accident. Car accident victims commonly suffer head, neck and back injuries that cause damage to the nerves that allow various parts of the body to communicate to the brain. The result is a loss of feeling or loss of movement in specific parts of the body. Treatment for paralysis is expensive. In cases where the paralysis is permanent the victim will require lifelong care. Depending on the type of paralysis, victims find that they are unable to work, or that their employment options are limited. If you believe that the accident that caused your paralysis occurred because another person was negligent, you need to speak to an experienced New York City paralyzed injury lawyer who will help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Pursuing a claim for a paralysis injury

While paralysis can be caused by an illness such as a stroke, accidents are also a leading cause of paralysis. While stroke induced paralysis is caused by brain damage and often affects one side of the body, when paralysis is caused by an accident, the results is often paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower extremities, and quadriplegia is paralysis of all four limbs. The leading causes of traumatic paralysis are car accidents, falls, acts of violence and recreational sports.

If the paralysis was caused by another person’s negligence, then the victim has the right to pursue damages from that person through a personal injury lawsuit. Because personal injury lawsuits are complicated and often involve conflicting witness testimony and evidence that is open to interpretation, having a paralyzed injury attorney who represents clients in New York City on your team is critical.

To prevail in a personal injury claim you must prove that the accident was the defendant’s fault. For example, if the accident that resulted in your paralysis was a car accident, you would need to show that because the defendant drove recklessly he (or she) caused an accident. There are a variety of ways that someone can drive recklessly. Examples including running through a red light or stop sign, failure to yield the right of way, driving while intoxicated, or texting and driving. Evidence of recklessness often can be found in the police report and from witness statements.

The defendant may argue that the accident was actually your fault and that he should have to pay you nothing or very little. Similarly, the defendant’s insurance company may call you soon after the accident, offer you a low settlement, and pressure you to sign paperwork. A better course of action is to first contact an attorney and allow your attorney to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.


Jerry was riding his bike in a quiet residential neighborhood in Manhattan. He was stopped at stop signed and proceeded to ride across the street. A city bus approached the same intersection, but failed to stop. The driver hit Jerry. Jerry flew through the air and landed on a parked car. When Jerry woke up in the emergency room, he was unable to move his legs. He soon learned that he suffered a severe spinal cord injury and that it was not likely that he would be able to ever walk again. Jerry decided to file a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He will probably prevail as the bus driver failed to stop at the stop sign and yield the right of way to Jerry.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you believe that the accident that resulted in your paralysis was caused because another person acted negligently or recklessly, then you may have the right to compensation from a personal injury claim, workers’ compensation benefits, or Social Security disability benefits. The paraplegia injury attorneys in New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have experience representing clients suffering catastrophic injuries as a result of auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, slip and fall, 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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