Westchester County Paralyzed Injury

Recent findings show that for every fifty people living in the United States today, one is suffering from paralysis of some kind. In many cases, paralysis is a result of a genetic illness or unexpected disease. Yet more often than not paralysis is caused by traumatic birth injury, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. In the cases of brain and spinal cord injuries, the paralysis is due to some sort of trauma to the head, neck or back that results in an interruption in the nervous system. The nerves which the brain uses to control basic bodily function become damaged, resulting in the loss of motor control in limbs and muscles – otherwise known as paralysis. Paralysis can affect specific parts or all of the body. Paralysis of the lower half of the body is known as paraplegia. When the entire body from the neck down is paralyzed, it is called quadriplegia. Hemiplegia is the paralysis of one side of the body, typically seen in stroke victims. Other types of paralysis include Erb’s palsy (paralysis of the arms), and Bell’s palsy (paralysis of the face). If you are suffering from a paralysis injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, it is critical that you contact an experienced Westchester County personal injury 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.


The spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body. It is made up of a large collection of nerves that runs through the spinal column up to the brain. The spinal cord is very fragile and vital to proper functioning of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged, the location of the injury will determine what part of the body will be paralyzed. Depending of the severity of the injury, the paralysis can be temporary or permanent.

Common causes of paralysis

A victim can experience a spinal cord injury that results in paraplegia, quadriplegia or other types of paralysis in many different settings, but many occur as a result of auto accidents. Many also occur in construction accidents. In other cases paralysis is caused by medical errors such as:

  • Incorrect positioning of the patient during surgery
  • Failure to immobilize the spine after an accident
  • Failure to monitor the spine during surgery
  • Chiropractic mistakes
  • Intubation errors
Pursuing a claim

Sadly, in most cases when victims suffer paralysis due to a spinal cord injury the paralysis is permanent. While the largest bills occur in the first year after the injury, permanent paralysis means a lifetime of significant medical bills for hospital stays, surgery, medication, physical and occupational therapy, medical equipment and psychological counseling.

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 money to pay you’re your past and lifetime medical bills. Through a personal injury action you can demand that the responsible party pay not only your medical expenses, but 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.

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 attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are 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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