Suffolk County Paralysis Injury
Recent figures indicate that every year there are thousands of Americans who sustain an injury in accidents that causes paralysis. Injuries like this are often caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident and a truck accident. In addition, this injury can result from a work-related accident such as a scaffold accident, crane accident, subway accident, ladder accident or a construction accident. This type of injury is particularly devastating because of how it affects every area of a person's life, physically, emotionally and financially. People who are paralyzed oftentimes are unable to return to their everyday routine after their accident. In many cases, the paralysis victim will need extensive medical treatment and extensive physical therapy for the remainder of their lives. If you are suffering from paralysis due to the negligence of another person or entity it is critical that you contact an experienced Suffolk County paralysis injury lawyer as soon as possible, as you have the legal right to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered.Common causes of paralysis
While certain illnesses can lead to paralysis such as stroke, polio, cerebral palsy, ALS, and multiple sclerosis. However, paralysis can also be the result of an accident that caused trauma to the spine or brain. Such accidents include vehicle accidents such as car, SUV, truck, motorcycle and ATV accident. SUV rollover accidents in particular are more likely to result in a victim suffering an injury to the spinal cord that leads to paralysis. This is due to the fact that the roofs of SUVs tend to collapse in rollover accidents, leading to not only broken necks, but also to traumatic brain injuries.
Falls are also a common cause of paralysis. For example, a fall from a height at a construction site can lead to a paralyzing brain or neck injury. Recreational or sporting accidents can be tragic, leaving victims with paraplegia or quadriplegia. Diving accidents are involving diving into water that is shallow have caused countless victims to be confined to a wheelchair due to permanent paralysis. Horseback riding and sports such as football involving violent contact have also left participants paralyzed.
There are many different types of paralysis. Paralysis can affect a very small area of the body such as a finger, or side of the face. It can also affect one limb, or the same limb on both sides of the body such as both arms. Paraplegia is a type of paralysis that leaves both legs paralyzed, while quadriplegia involves paralysis of both arms and legs.Pursuing compensation
As a paralysis injury attorney in Suffolk County will explain, if your injury was the result of an accident that was caused by another person's negligence, the law allows you to file a claim against that person and demand that he (or she) leave pay your for your expenses and other losses related to the injury. For example, you have the right to demand payment for your medical expenses-both past and future. You also have the right to demand payment for your income-related losses such as the paychecks you missed because you were not able to work as well as benefits you lost. You can also demand payment for your pain and suffering.
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
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in paralysis contact an experienced paralysis injury attorney serving Suffolk County who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 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.