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Paralysis Lawyer in Kentucky and Ohio
Suffering a catastrophic or serious injury that causes paralysis will undoubtedly alter your life forever. You may be angry or frustrated to know that you and your family will forever be affected by the negligence that leads to such a significant and devastating injury. A paralyzing injury will likely leave a victim unable to work, care for their family, or even care for themselves. Often, the injury will lead to long-term health care needs and may require in-house living and assisted care, all of which will add up extremely quickly. That is why it is so important to seek compensation for a paralysis injury resulting from the negligence of another.
At The Lawrence Firm, PSC, we have more than 40 years of experience representing the victims and families of serious and catastrophic injuries that lead to paralysis. Our paralysis injury attorneys are highly experienced in assessing the needs of accident victims and their families to ensure a proper recovery. We will assess both your present and future expenses and needs to ensure that you and your family recover the compensation you deserve.
What are Common Causes of Paralysis?
Paralysis results from damage to the nervous system, which is essentially the body’s “command” center. When something damages your nervous system, your body may lose its ability to send signals from the brain to the muscles and nerves, making it impossible to move parts or all of your body.
In some cases, people are born with birth defects that cause paralysis, such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy. Others may develop medical conditions over the course of their life that lead to this loss of function, such as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome or neurological diseases such as ALS. However, more often than not, paralysis occurs as the result of a traumatic injury of some sort. Spinal cord injuries, such as those resulting from the sudden impact of a motor vehicle accident or diving into shallow water, along with strokes are actually the most likely causes of paralysis.
Forms of Paralysis
There are several different forms and severities of paralysis. For example, some people may be paralyzed for a short period of time before regaining partial or complete mobility. Others may be permanently paralyzed and never regain control of the loss of function of certain areas of the body. Additionally, paralysis can be either partial, meaning you have control over some muscles but not others, or complete, meaning you have no control over any muscles in your body.
Paralysis injuries are classified by the portion(s) of the body affected. When a Cincinnati or Covington personal injury lawyer evaluates your claim, it is important that they understand each of the forms of paralysis, of which include monoplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia, diplegia, and quadriplegia. We’ll break down the characteristics of each of these below:
Monoplegia is one of the more uncommon types of paralysis and one that is rarely caused by a traumatic injury. This kind of paralysis only affects one body part, typically an extremity like an arm or a leg. A pinched or injured nerve in the afflicted limb typically results in monoplegia.
Paraplegia is a much more severe kind of paralysis that causes a lack of sensation below the waist, frequently caused by a spinal cord injury. Paraplegia can render a person unable to control bodily functions below the waist, meaning they are unable to walk on their own.
Like monoplegia, hemiplegia is another rare form of paralysis and is generally linked to disorders like cerebral palsy as opposed to traumatic accidents. However, it is possible that brain and spinal cord trauma may result in hemiplegia. This type of paralysis affects extremities on only one side of the body, meaning the arm and leg on either the left or right side may be affected.
Diplegia is a form of paralysis that can affect any portion of the body that is symmetrical, such as both sides of the face, both legs, or both arms. The severity of paralysis varies and may even fluctuate from side to side. Diplegia is the most prevalent cause of paralysis in kids, although it can strike anyone at any age. Additionally, unlike other kinds of paralysis, diplegia is very unpredictable, as it can improve, deteriorate, or change dramatically over time.
The most severe form of paralysis is quadriplegia. Quadriplegia gets its name from the fact that it affects each of the body’s four quadrants. This means an individual with quadriplegia is paralyzed from the neck down, with a loss of function in the trunk and both arms and legs. Quadriplegia is typically caused by a spinal cord injury and can be either temporary or permanent.
Lawsuit for Paralysis Injury
Paralysis, regardless of its origin or severity, can be extremely detrimental to those who fall victim. It’s critical to know what legal choices you have if someone else is to blame for your suffering. If you do have a valid lawsuit for paralysis injury available to you, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all of your economic and non-economic losses. Of course, this will not take away from the life-altering and often lifelong repercussions of your injury, but it will assist you in working toward a more secure future.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case for Paralysis?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your specific situation, you may have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit to help cover the expenses and losses you’ve experienced as a result of your paralysis. However, you may only have a viable case if someone else is to blame for your paralysis. If you were born with a defect, acquire a medical condition, or are at fault for an accident that led to your paralysis, you will not have a solid case. However, if someone else caused the accident that paralyzed you, you likely have a suitable claim against that person or entity.
To find out if you have a valid legal claim for paralysis, speak to a knowledgeable Kentucky or Ohio personal injury lawyer at The Lawrence Firm. Your paralysis lawyer can listen to the details of your case and give you a more definitive answer regarding the validity of your claim.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in Paralysis Injury Cases?
Medical expenses stemming from a paralysis injury can stack up quickly, often leading to bills reaching hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. When assessing the recoverable damages in a paralysis injury case, your paralysis lawyer must evaluate both emergency medical treatment and the need for ongoing care, such as assistive equipment, counseling, and home adjustments, among many other things.
As a result, there are a number of potential damages that may be available to those who were paralyzed due to the fault of another. These include:
- Emergency care expenses, including ambulance fees, trauma care, and hospitalization
- Surgery costs
- Medical supplies, equipment, and assistive devices
- Rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy
- Travel expenses to and from appointments
- Long-term care, including living assistance or home modifications
- Emotional distress, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
How a Paralysis Lawyer from The Lawrence Firm Can Help Your Case
Whether your loved one has been injured in a car accident, suffered a birth injury, or is paralyzed by a tragic accident caused by another’s negligence, you want to be certain that your family is financially secured. At The Lawrence Firm, we work meticulously to prepare your case for trial. Our attorneys are skilled in accident reconstruction and investigation, and will hire the appropriate experts to help prove your case. Further, we fight for our clients’ proper recompense, ensuring that they receive the treatment they require for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has been left paralyzed and needs care or you are seeking legal professionals to help you recover the compensation you deserve, our team of paralysis attorneys at The Lawrence Firm can help. Schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer from our firm by calling 800-698-4054 or by sending us an email today.
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We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.