Personal Injuries Resulting in Paralysis
Personal injuries commonly result in physical, emotional, and financial damages. While some injuries heal without causing any long-term side effects, others have lifelong consequences. Some of the most catastrophic accidents are those that result in paralysis.
Personal injury lawyers at Zucker & Regev, P.C., understand how paralysis can affect all areas of a person’s life, including their physical functions, their ability to work, and their quality of life. Personal injury and paralysis victims in the Brooklyn, NY, area can work with our lawyers to hold liable parties accountable for related damages.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis affects a person’s motor functions. However, not all paralysis injuries are the same. Some paralysis injuries are temporary, while others are permanent. Paralysis injuries are categorized based on the location of the injury and the severity of the injury.
After an accident, individuals may suffer from any of the following types of paralysis:
- Paraplegia - Paraplegia is paralysis that affects the legs and a portion of the trunk
- Quadriplegia - Quadriplegia is paralysis that affects all four limbs and, often, the entire trunk (from the neck down)
- Monoplegia - Monoplegia affects just a single limb
- Hemiplegia - Hemiplegia affects the limbs and torso on one side of the body (i.e., both the right arm and leg or both the left arm and leg)
Accidents That Commonly Cause Paralysis
All of the body’s movements are triggered by signals that are sent from the brain through the nerves of the spinal cord. If these nerve signals are disrupted or damaged due to an injury, the areas of the body below the point of injury can suffer from temporary or permanent paralysis.
The types of accidents that most commonly cause paralysis are those that damage the brain or spinal cord, such as:
- Automobile accidents
- Slips and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Physical assault
Effects of a Paralysis Injury
Paralysis injuries have an obvious effect on a person’s physical functions. Paralysis limits a person’s movements and compromises their ability to perform the most basic daily functions. However, the effects of paralysis go beyond just movement. Paralysis can impact:
- A person’s ability to work and earn an income
- A person’s ability to care for themselves and/or live independently
- A person’s emotional well-being and mental state
- A person’s ability to enjoy hobbies and activities that were previously important to them
- A person’s overall quality of life
Damages for Paralysis Victims
When seeking compensation for Brooklyn clients who have suffered a personal injury that resulted in paralysis, our lawyers consider both their economic and non-economic losses.
Depending on how the injury has impacted their life, our clients may be able to collect compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills (including anticipated future medical expenses)
- Cost of rehabilitation and/or therapy
- Cost of assistive medical devices
- Lost wages and/or diminished wage earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Contact Our Law Firm
Personal injuries that result in paralysis affect all areas of a person’s life. If a third-party is responsible for an accident that causes paralysis, the personal injury lawyers at Zucker & Regev, P.C., can assist accident victims in collecting appropriate compensation for damages. To schedule a consultation at our Brooklyn law firm, send us a message online, or call us at (718) 624-1211.