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What is the Value of My Paralysis Case?

The most common cause of paralysis is damage to the spinal cord. This is often the result of a car, motorcycle or construction accident. This type of injury is without question, devastating to both the victim and the victim's family. Life changes in an instant. You may be unable to work, to carry out your daily tasks or enjoy your family and friends. All the while, the medical bills are piling up.

Paralysis is the inability to move a body part, often an arm or a leg. Because of the impairment, a victim may rely on the assistance of others and/or use assistive devices to carry on with their daily lives.

Paralysis can be caused by trauma to the spinal cord and can be immediate, or take time to develop. Danger signs include:

  • Pressure in the neck, back or head
  • Weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impaired breathing

There are five types of paralysis, which include:

  • Monoplegia: This type involves the paralysis of one limb.
  • Paraplegia: This type involves the loss of use of both legs.
  • Diplegia: This type of injury involves loss of use of the same body part on both sides.
  • Hemiplegia: This injury involves loss of use of a single side of the body.
  • Quadriplegia: This injury involves the loss of use of all limbs.

Paralysis caused by damage to the spinal cord is considered complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that the victim will have no sensation or muscle control below the damaged area on the spine. With an incomplete injury, there can be some feeling and muscle weakness. A complete injury is unfortunately permanent. A victim with an incomplete injury may see some improvement with therapy.

Paralysis is a physically and emotionally devastating injury. If your paralysis is permanent, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is here for answers. We have a solid track record of success. In fact, our last 200 wins and settlements were each in excess of one million dollars ($1,000,000). We are committed in getting you the compensation you deserve.

Lost Income

Your injury probably necessitated your missing a great deal of work. You have lost pay, and perhaps promotions and bonuses. Depending on your career, your loss of earning capacity could decrease temporarily or permanently. You have a right to be compensated for lost income, including income you could lose in the future. Depending on your age and circumstances, this amount could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Medical Expenses

An injury of this magnitude is expensive. You may require a good deal of medical attention in the future as well. This could include things like physical and emotional therapy, home modifications and daily assistance. Your past, present, and future medical expenses should be reimbursed.

Compensation for Pain and Suffering

In the state of New York, you can collect compensation for pain and suffering. There is little doubt that your injury has caused emotional and physical suffering. Because it is difficult to put a number on that, a calculation is used based on your age, your particular injury, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Insurance Considerations

Each insurance company will handle your insurance company a different way. If your accident happened at work, worker's compensation may be involved. In general, insurance policy limits will have a direct impact on the amount you are able to recover.

All of these things will be taken into account when valuing a case. The following are similar personal injury verdicts from around the country:

$17,400,000 Jury Verdict: 16-year-old teenager suffered paralysis after car crash fleeing police.

$8,400,000 Jury Verdict: Truck driver sustains serious injuries after fall from hopper car on railroad.

$13,000,000 Jury Verdict: Visitor falls down apartment stairs.

Healing from a traumatic injury is a confusing and stressful time not only for you but your family. Speak with Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance and a free consultation. We will answer your questions and ensure that your legal rights are protected. We have locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 800.696.9529.

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