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Westchester County Paraplegia Injury

Paraplegia is a medical condition causing a person to lose muscle control of legs or lower extremities due to a spinal injury. Paraplegia is most commonly caused by a slip and fall accident or a trauma to the back resulting from car or truck accidents, construction accidents, industrial accidents, and other traumatic accidents. Those who face sudden paralysis must face the challenges that accompany such injuries. In addition, victims face tough financial issues such mounting medical bills and the loss of income. If the negligence of another person played a significant role in the accident that resulted in your paraplegia or serious spinal injury, it is critical that you immediately contact a Westchester County paraplegia attorney 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

Paralysis is the loss or impairment of voluntary muscular power. While paralysis can occur from damage to the nervous system, it is also caused by a traumatic injury to the spinal cord that crushes, fractures, or dislocates one or more of its vertebrae. Although paralysis can result from a variety of accidents paraplegia is often caused by:

Symptoms of paraplegia

The symptoms of paraplegia will depend on the site of the injury to the spinal cord. Symptoms of paraplegia can include:

  • Loss of feeling and/or inability to move legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased muscle tone in affected limbs
  • Confinement to a wheel chair
  • Incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Thrombosis
  • Bedsores or pressure sores
  • Chronic nerve pain
Pursuing a claim

If your paraplegia resulted from another person's negligence, New York law allows you to pursue damages through a personal injury claim. Medical bills and other expenses related to treating paraplegia are substantial. In fact, lifetime expenses can easily exceed $1 million. In addition, you may not be able to return to work and earn the living that you expected to throughout your lifetime. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand that the person who caused your injury to compensate you for your losses. Compensable losses including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Medical equipment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

In addition to compensation based on a personal injury claim, you may qualify for compensation from other sources. For example, if you were injured in a construction accident, in a factory accident, or some other type of workplace accident, then the accident may be covered by workers' compensation. This means that you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim in order to get medical benefits and wage replacement benefits.

In addition, Social Security disability benefits are available to those who have serious injuries that will last for an extended period.

There are different rules related to filing claims for personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security benefits. If it is important to adhere to filing deadlines in order to preserve your right to benefits and compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were injured in an accident that resulted in paraplegia it is critical that you immediately 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. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury 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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