Get Legal Help If You’ve Been Paralyzed in an Accident
Paralysis is a catastrophic or life-altering injury. When someone becomes paralyzed as the result of an auto accident, a slip-and-fall, or some other traumatic event, the compensation that can be recovered through liability insurance won’t even begin to cover the medical expenses and hospital bills. The victim’s family members also face a number of financial burdens related to continued care and treatment.
Learning to cope with a permanent disability such as paraplegia or quadriplegia can be extremely challenging not just for the patients, but also family members who care for them. Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP works hard to help you seek compensation for your losses. Call us to find out how a personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you.
We can be reached at (800) 738-4046.
Who is Affected in a Paralysis Injury?
Paralysis refers to the inability to move or use body parts. There is a loss of muscle function usually immediately after an injury that damages the nervous system, especially the spinal cord. The injury usually tears or compresses nerves of the spinal cord. Paralysis could also occur when the spinal cord is broken or severed. Spinal cord injuries cause roughly one-fourth of paralysis cases. Other common causes of paralysis include traumatic brain injuries, birth defects, and birth injuries such as cerebral palsy. In the United States, about 1.3 million people are affected by paralysis.
Some of the incidents that could cause paralysis include:
- Auto accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Injuries sustained while playing sports
- Gunshot wounds
- Birth injuries
- Injuries caused by defective vehicles
The Cost of Being Paralyzed
The costs involved in caring for and rehabilitating a paralyzed patient can be staggering. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, paraplegia treatment and care costs $518,904 during the first year after an accident and $68,739 each subsequent year. The costs go up when the trauma results in low tetraplegia or high tetraplegia, which means the person can’t use their hands or legs. Mounting medical and rehabilitation expenses can cause tremendous financial strain for victims and their families. Some patients require nursing care, which can also add up to thousands of dollars each month.
Protecting Your Rights in Dallas, TX
If you suffered paralysis as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is critical that you research your legal rights and options. Monetary support may be available for your current and future medical expenses, as well as for other damages such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP understands the severe emotional and financial challenges faced by paralyzed patients and their families. Let our Dallas personal injury lawyers help you get the financial support you need to move on. Call us at (800) 738-4046 for a free consultation.