One of the most heartbreaking and devastating injuries that someone can suffer is paralysis. Paralysis is the inability to move a part of the body. The most common cause of paralysis is nerve damage, typically in the spinal cord. Although, paralysis can occur in the face and other areas of the body. With paralysis patients, the brain is unable to send signals for movement or other sensations to the body. Spinal cord injuries account for 23% of the paralysis cases. Accidents such as motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, falls, sporting injuries and workplace injuries cause the majority of cases.
There are several types of paralysis:
- Monoplegia- this type of paralysis affects a single part of the body typically one limb;
- Hemiplegia- this type of paralysis affects the limbs on the same side of the body;
- Paraplegia- this type of paralysis affects below the waist and both legs, hops and other functions; and
- Quadriplegia- this type of paralysis affects below the neck.
It is estimated that approximately 37% of paralysis cases are the result of motor vehicle cases. In many instances, motor vehicle or 18 wheeler accident can be so severe that nothing inside the vehicle can protect from injuries to the neck or spine. In some instances, the neck or spine is irreparably damaged causing paralysis.
The medical and living expenses for an injured person with paralysis can be astronomical. The costs typically exceed over $3 million over the course of the person’s life. Around the clock care can be costly, doctor’s visits, medication, therapy and loss of wages can be financially catastrophic for the injured party and their family.
Some of the damages that you may be entitled to if you or a loved one have experienced paralysis as a result of an accident include:
- Past medical expenses;
- Future medical expenses;
- Physical impairment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages; and
- Loss of earning capacity.
It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney that has experience handling auto accident, 18 wheeler accident and workplace cases and can provide you with the best legal advice. Please call our law firm for a free consultation.