Staten Island Paralysis Injury

According to recent figures, each year there are thousands of people in the United States who become paralyzed because of a traumatic injury. These injuries often occur because of a construction accident, commercial truck accident, slip and fall incident, scaffold accident, subway accident, crane accident, or other accident on the job. When a person is injured while performing duties for their company, they can usually file a worker’s compensation claim in order to recoup damages to aid them in their time of distress. Traumatic spinal injury, brain injury and paralysis can also be the result of a motorcycle accident, ATV accident or car accident. People who suffer from paralysis often have extreme difficulty dealing with their injury and accomplishing basic tasks that we all take for granted such as taking a walk with their children or preparing a meal. In addition, this devastating injury affects loved ones just as much as it does the victim. In many cases, a person suffering from paralysis will require long-term medical care and physical therapy, which means that medical expenses will be astronomical. If you are suffering from a paralysis injury due to the negligence of another person or entity it is critical that you contact an experienced Staten Island Lawyer as soon as possible, as you have the legal right to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered.

Signs of a paralysis injury

While paralysis can occur suddenly following a traumatic injury to the spinal cord, in some cases paralysis may not occur until days or even weeks following the injury. Signs that you may have damage to your spinal cord that may lead to paralysis include:

  • Acute back pain
  • Pressure in the back, head or neck
  • Weakness in any part of your body
  • Lack of coordination
  • Tingling in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Incontinence
  • Difficulty walking
  • Impaired breathing
  • Twisted neck or back
  • Muscle spasms
Types of paralysis

All paralysis injuries occur due to some trauma to the spine. The spinal column consists of large bundles of nerves that run through the spine to the brain. These nerves are responsible for the functioning of the body and make up part of the body’s central nervous system. These structures are delicate, and where the injury occurs will determine where the paralysis occurs.

There are various types of paralysis:

  • Quadriplegia: paralysis of all four extremities
  • Paraplegia: paralysis of the legs
  • Hemiplegia: paralysis of a single side of the body
  • Monoplegia: paralysis of a single limb
  • Diplegia: paralysis of the same body part on both sides (both legs, or both arms)
Common causes of paralysis

Many injuries that result in paralysis occur due to an accident such as a car accident or construction accident where the spinal cord is crushed or severed. For example, in Barnhard v. Cybex Int'l, Inc., 933 N.Y.S.2d 794 (N.Y. App. Div., 2011), Natalie Barnhard was injured in a workplace accident when a 600-pound piece of exercise equipment that was not secured to the floor toppled on top of her breaking her neck. In other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice. For example, a patient visited her doctor complaining of localized tenderness in her neck, fever, chills, and weight loss. The doctor diagnosed her with having the flu and sent her home to rest. It was later determined that the patient had a spinal infection. Because the infection was not diagnosed and there for went untreated for so long, the patient ended up permanently paralyzed. She successfully sued her doctor in a medical malpractice claim.

Pursuing a claim

Suffering an injury that results in paralysis is not only physically devastating, it can also have catastrophic effects on your financial well-being. Treatment of a spinal injury is costly. If your paralysis is permanent, you may also need physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, counseling, and assistive technology. In addition, you may need to modify your home to make it accessible. All of these necessities area costly and will contribute to your financial distress.

A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligence, but will provide you with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury action you can seek compensation to cover the past and future medical expenses related to you injury. You can also seek compensation for your lost earnings and loss of future earning capacity. Furthermore, the physical and psychological pain and suffering you endured from your injury are compensable losses as well.

In the case of in Barnhard v. Cybex Int'l, Inc., Natalie Barnhard filed a personal injury lawsuit against her employer and the company that manufactured the machine that fell on her. The court found both companies liable and awarded Barnhard a multimillion judgment, including a substantial amount for pain and suffering.

Staten Island Paralysis Lawyer

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. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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