When to Turn to a Personal Injury Attorney Specializing in Paralysis
Any injury caused by someone else’s behavior or negligence is serious, but paralysis is an utterly life-changing event that many people are never able to recover from. The terrifying reality is that the ability to work and enjoy a normal quality of life can be taken away in a moment as a result of a paralyzing injury. Here at McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf, we are dedicated to helping our clients obtain full and fair compensation for injuries resulting in paralysis. Whether our clients are paraplegics or quadriplegics, we understand just how difficult it can be to function without the body’s full motor capacity.
With countless Americans currently living with paralysis, caused by the fault of someone else, it is crucial for these victims to have the financial support they need to cope and adjust to their new life situations. Learning how to live with the medical challenges associated with paralysis often takes a team of dedicated friends, family members, and trained healthcare workers as well as the funds necessary to purchase equipment, make up for lost wages, retrofit homes, and pay for such advanced care. We advocate for those whose paralysis was caused by physical assaults, auto accidents, or falls due to someone else’s actions or negligence.
What Are the Types of Paralysis?
The extent of a paralyzing injury is described by one of two names: quadriplegia or paraplegia. Paraplegia occurs when a person is unable to move the lower extremities, often from the waist down. When the spinal cord is damaged lower down on the torso, paraplegia may occur and patients are often unable to ever walk again. Quadriplegia refers to the inability to move all four extremities. A neck injury is commonly the cause of quadriplegia, as an injury to the spinal cord in that area can impact almost the entire body.
Common Causes of Paralysis
There are some medical conditions that can lead to paralysis, but more often it is the result of an accident causing injury to the spinal cord. Some of the most common causes of paralysis include the following:
- Car accident
- Workplace accidents
- Slips in hazardous conditions
- Surgical errors
- Obstetrical malpractice
These types of traumatic injuries can occur when someone else fails to behave in a way that is appropriate or reasonable in most situations.
Short-term and Long-term Effects
Looking at the short term, paralysis affects a person’s ability to live the life he or she once enjoyed. Without the ability to walk, everyday tasks become challenges that take a lot longer to perform or must be completed by another person. In the long term, paralysis can prevent a person from being able to work, earn a living and support a family. In addition, there are many medical conditions that a paralyzed person may face in the future, including muscle atrophy, breathing concerns and deep vein thrombosis. The financial cost of paralysis often impacts both the ability to provide for a family as well as to keep up with adequate medical care throughout the years.
Turn to McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf for Help
The McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes, Landgraf team is here to assist anyone who has experienced paralysis due to the actions or negligent inactions of another party. Contact us today for help getting the compensation that you need and deserve. Call us at 713-864-4000.