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Westchester County Paralysis Injury

Every year, thousands of people in the United States become paralyzed due to a traumatic spinal injury. Injuries like this often happen in a motor vehicle accident, such as a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or SUV accident. This type of injury is also common in a workplace accident, which often means that the victim may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. A spinal injury that leads to paralysis is particularly devastating because of its life-changing nature. In addition, an injury of this magnitude can put tremendous stress on a family, both emotionally and financially. Victims of paralysis may require the use of devices like wheelchairs, crutches or walkers and may need in-home medical treatment for years to come. If you are suffering from a paralysis injury that was caused by another person's negligence it is critical that you contact an experienced Westchester County paralysis lawyer as soon as possible. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries including compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.

Common causes of paralysis

While most injuries occur due to an accident caused by the negligence of another, in other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice. Some types of malpractice commonly seen in relation to these injuries include:

  • Incorrect positioning of the patient during surgery
  • Failure to immobilize the spine after an accident
  • Failure to monitor spine during surgery
  • Chiropractic malpractice
  • Intubation errors

These injuries can also occur due to the construction accident. These accidents can occur from something as simple as falling from scaffolding or a ladder, or other construction related injury. If you have suffered a paralysis injury due to a construction accident, it is important to speak with our legal team for advice. You may be entitled to compensation over and above what is available via workers' compensation.

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

Paralysis is called by some type of injury to the spinal cord. The spinal column is made of large bundles of nerves that run through the spine all the way to the brain. These nerves control the functioning of the body and make up part of the body's central nervous system. The location of the injury to the spine will determine the type of paralysis suffered by the victim. The types of paralysis include:

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

Suffering an injury that results in any type of paralysis is not only physically devastating, but can also have a devastating effect on your family's finances. Treatment of a spinal cord injury is expensive. In fact in the first year alone medical expenses can easily exceed $100,000. If your paralysis is permanent you will need lifelong medical care as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, counseling, and assistive technology. In addition, you may need to modify your home to make it accessible. Each year the fees associated with your care can exceed $50,000.

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

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that caused you to suffer paraplegia, quadriplegia or any other type of 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 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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