Suffolk County Paraplegia Injury
A spinal injury can lead to very serious health conditions, including paraplegia. Paraplegia is a type of paralysis where there is complete or partial paralysis of the lower half of the body. Each year in the United States there are over 5,000 new paraplegia patients. While paralysis can be caused by a disease, one of the most common causes of paraplegia, quadriplegia and other types of paralysis is a traumatic spinal cord injury resulting from a car accident, workplace accident, construction accident or slip and fall. In other words, many people suffer paraplegia in accidents that could have been avoided. If you have been paralyzed in an accident because another person was negligent or because of the intentional action of another person, it is important that you immediately contact a Suffolk County Paraplegia Lawyer as you may have a right to receive compensation for your injuries which can include reimbursement for medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering.Common causes of paraplegia
Paraplegia and quadriplegia are the two major types of paralysis. Paraplegia results from an injury to the spinal cord below the first thoracic spinal nerve. It causes motor or sensory function impairment of the lower have of the body. In some cases the victim’s legs are permanently paralyzed while in other cases the victim regains some sensation and movement in the legs. This is known as incomplete paraplegia.
While paralysis can occur from medical conditions such as a stroke, it is also commonly caused by accidents such as:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train and subway accidents
It is also caused by acts of violence such as gunshot or stab wounds that damage the spinal cord.Health concerns related to paraplegia
In addition to the decreased ability to move the lower have of the body, paraplegics are likely to suffer a number of other health issues including:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased muscle tone in affected limbs
- Bedsores or pressure sores
- Chronic nerve pain
While many people report that they are recovered to the extent that they can return to work in some capacity, a majority of them cannot. Then vital income is lost and medical bills quickly begin to sky rocket. When a severe spinal injury occurs, often the largest bills occur within the first year of treatment. Often surgery is required, as well as physical therapy, special equipment and home modifications may be necessary. During the first year after the injury, one of the primary goals will be to ensure that there is no further damage of inflammation. Usually special anti-inflammatory drugs are used within the first 8 hours for the best long term results. Where a vertebra has been crushed or broken, doctors may decide to implant a steel rod to stabilize the spine.
Rehabilitation and long term care will depend on the severity of the injury. Often at this time a combination of physical and occupational therapies can be used to preserve and strengthen the muscles. Therapy is also important to help the victim move around more freely and resume their daily activities. Other therapies that may be used include respiratory therapy, drug therapy, and mental health care.Pursuing compensation
If your paraplegia resulted from another person's negligence, New York law allows you to pursue damages through a personal injury claim. That person may be ordered to pay for your emergency room visit, surgery, rehabilitation, visits to the doctor, medication, assistive equipment and other related medical expenses. Because paraplegia will require lifelong care that includes special equipment and rehabilitation services, your compensation will take into account not only your past medical bills, but also your future medical expenses. In addition, the negligent party may be liable for other economic losses you sustained such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, a court may award you non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.
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.Suffolk County Paraplegia Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in temporary or permanent paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with paraplegia and other types of paralysis. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: