Queens Paralyzed Injury

Severe injuries that lead to the victim being paralyzed are life-changing for the victim as well as for the victim’s family. While paralysis can result from an illness that attacks the nervous system, paralysis is often caused by a preventable accident caused by the negligence of another person. For example a victim of a drunk driver may suffer a broken neck in the auto accident. Similarly, the victim of a slip and fall accident, or a construction accident may suffer a crushed spinal cord. Criminal assaults also sometimes leave victims paralyzed. For example, in cases where the perpetrator shoots or stabs the victim in the spinal cord, the victim could end up paralyzed. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you are suffering from a paralysis injury it is critical that you contact an experienced Queens personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If another person accidentally or intentionally injured you, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries including compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.

Common causes of paralysis

An injury that leaves a victim paralyzed can be caused a number of different ways.

  • Medical malpractice. An improper diagnosis or improper treatment could lead to a patient suffering paralysis. For example, if a doctor or other medical professional fails to properly position the patient during a procedure or accidentally causes nerve damage, then the result could be paralysis.
  • Auto accident. An auto accident caused a severe neck injury or spinal injury could leave the victim paralyzed.
  • Fall. Accidents at a construction site such as when a worker falls from scaffolding can lead to nerve damage severe enough to cause paralysis.
  • Crime. Whether it is a gunshot that pierces the spine or hit to the head, an assault can leave the victim paralyzed.
Pursuing a claim

Being paralyzed because someone else was reckless will make you angry and sad. Your doctors and supportive friends and family will help you with your treatment and coping with the necessary lifestyle changes. You will need help with the financial impact of your injuries. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to force the person who caused you injuries to compensate you for your financial losses including your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The medical expenses related to suffering a severe injury will undoubtedly be substantial. You may incur expenses related to the emergency room, hospital, surgery, rehabilitation, adaptive equipment, and medication. You may face a decrease in income because you are unable to work. That means you will not get your regular paychecks, you may miss out on bonuses or promotions, and you will have to use sick and vacation days while recovering. In addition, you may not ever be able to return to the same job you had before or you may not be able to work at all.

Furthermore, you will likely experience a great deal of physical and emotional pain and suffering.

All of these expenses may be compensable through a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused your injuries.

If the injury that resulted in your paralysis was work-related, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York's workers' compensation laws state that injured parties are entitled to compensation if they sustain a work-related injury. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to note that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

An injury that leaves you paralyzed will have a devastating effect on many aspects of your life including your financial life. It is not fair that you and your family should alone shoulder the financial losses caused by the accident. The person responsible for the accident should be held accountable. However, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who understands the legal issues associated with catastrophic injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal cord injuries. That staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling 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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