Suffolk County Paralyzed Injury

According to recent statistics, 1 out of every 50 people in the United States is suffering from some type of paralysis. Paralysis is when some of the nerves in the body become dysfunctional, leaving limbs and muscles without motor function or feeling. Injuries of this type are generally a result of a brain injury or spinal cord injury. There can also be other causes of paralysis, such as birth injury, illness, or disease. However, each year there are thousands of new cases of people suffering a paralyzing injury that is the result of not an illness, but from car accidents, construction accidents, recreation accidents, and falls. Victims find that their lives are forever changed. Their financial situation is often damaged as well. The Suffolk County paralyzed injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are here to help. We will review your case and help you make sure that those who caused your injury are held accountable through a personal injury claim.

Common causes of paralysis

A victim can experience a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis in many different settings, but many occur as a result of a vehicle accident. Many accidents that result in paralysis also occur in the workplace, particular at construction sites where there is heavy equipment and workers often work at high elevations. In still other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice.

While quadriplegia and paraplegia are types of paralysis that many are familiar with, there are several other types. Quadriplegia is paralysis from the neck down and paraplegia is paralysis from the waist down. Hemiplegia is paralysis on only one side of the body. Diplegia describes paralysis affecting symmetrical sides of the body. Erb’s palsy is paralysis of one limb and is a common birth injury. Bell’s palsy is paralysis that affects the facial muscles.

Pursuing a claim

When people suffer a traumatic injury that leaves then paralyzed that usually cannot return to work for a long time, if ever. Needed income is lost and medical bills grow. When a severe injury to the spinal cord occurs the largest bills typically accrue within the first year of treatment. Usually surgery is required as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, special equipment and home modifications.

One goal of treatment will to manage related medical issues such as bedsores, bladder and bowel incontinence, and infection. Rehabilitation and long term care will depend on the severity of the injury. The medical staff will likely recommend a course of physical and occupational therapies can be used to preserve and strengthen the muscles. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are also important to help the victim move around more freely and resume daily activities of living. Other therapies that may be used include respiratory therapy, drug therapy, and mental health care.

Treatment and therapy can be expensive. As a paralyzed injury attorney in Suffolk County will explain, the good news is that the law allows victims to hold the negligent party financially accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. Victims can sue for both past and future medical expenses. This means money to help pay for bills related to the hospital, rehabilitation, medication, lab tests, therapy and in-home care. This is critical as people who are paralyzed have complex medical issues that typically last throughout their lives. In addition to medical expenses you can also demand compensation for wages that you lost because you were unable to work because of your injury.

Keep in mind that if your injury occurred while you were working, while you may not have the right to sue your employer you may have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. Under New York’s workers’ compensation laws employees injured in the workplace may be entitled to cash benefits, medical benefits, and social security.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Whether your accident that left you paralyzed is covered by workers’ compensation or by general personal injury law, there are procedures that you must follow and timeframes you must stick to in order for your claim to be viable. It is important for you to discuss your case with an experienced paralyzed injury attorney serving clients in Suffolk County to ensure that your rights are protected. That 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 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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