Paralysis is the result of a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. It is a serious, long-term injury that affects a person’s quality of life. It can lead to physical and emotional complications, but also financial devastation for victims and their families.
Paralysis is a general term that describes a variety of conditions, including:
- Paraplegia – A form of paralysis that affects the lower body only, including the torso and legs.
- Quadriplegia – A form of paralysis affecting the extremities and torso of the entire body.
- Facial Paralysis – A form of paralysis that paralyzes the facial muscles and is common with brain injuries or neurological trauma.
- Partial Paralysis – A form of paralysis that affects muscle movement to a varying level, but the victim retains some function in those areas.
What Accidents Cause Paralysis?
Paralysis occurs in many instances, but the most common accidents that can lead to paralysis-related issues include:
- Motor vehicle collisions (including motorcycle and semi-truck accidents)
- Medical malpractice
- Birth-related injuries
- Nursing home abuse or accidents
- Slip and fall cases
Understanding the Complex Damages in a Paralysis Case
Paralysis is long-term. A patient paralyzed by his or her injuries will be affected with paralysis for the rest of life. Therefore, the damages available to a victim with paralysis are often greater than a victim who has a recoverable injury.
Numerous factors play a role in determining the proper settlement value of paralysis, but some common forms of damages that victims might qualify for include:
- Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Potential – After a severe, disabling injury, a victim suffers lost salary and might be unable to work again in the future. In this instance, lost wages for all income missed during treatments, recovery, and appointments are included. Loss of earning potential reflects the pay the victim would have received if he or she returned to work.
- Medical Treatments – People living with paralysis often endure high medical costs due to the specialized nature of treatments and surgeries required. All medical treatments, prescriptions, ongoing physical therapy, and future medical expenses or treatments for the condition are considered.
- Medical Devices – A victim with paralysis might live the rest of his or her life using medical devices and equipment, such as breathing machines, modifications to their home and vehicle, wheelchairs, and so forth.
- Pain and Suffering – The physical pain and emotional suffering the victim endures is compensable too.
- Diminished Quality of Life – When people are permanently paralyzed and unable to care for themselves, participate in activities, or thrive, they suffer from diminished quality of life. Therefore, they might receive compensation for that loss of quality.
Speak with a Personal Injury Advocate
If you or a loved one is paralyzed from an accident, you might qualify for compensation. To explore your options for compensation or to see how much you are entitled to, speak with a personal injury advocate.
Make your first call to Clarke Nash. As a Savannah personal injury law firm, Clarke understands what you are going through, the emotional toll your paralysis takes on loved ones, and the financial strain it has put on your family. Call for a free consultation today at 912-200-5292 or request more information online.