Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law support seriously injured individuals and their families as they fight for legal compensation.
Victims who have become paralyzed in an accident face lifelong medical needs and are entitled to seek recovery for current and ongoing expenses. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial strain that paralysis causes for the victim and their loved ones.
Paralysis is one of the most severe and catastrophic injuries that you can suffer. It generally results when the brain or spinal cord is injured in some sort of accident. Paralysis may be permanent or temporary and may lead to paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other conditions. Regardless of the area of the body that has been affected, paralysis will significantly impact every aspect of your daily life.
At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, our experienced Paralysis Attorneys advocate for our clients vigorously. Whether the result of medical malpractice, a car accident, or another type of third-party injury, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis is a devastating condition that affects millions of Americans. Paralysis occurs when the spinal cord or brain is damaged due to injury or disease. When the spinal cord is damaged, signals from the brain are blocked because the nerves can no longer send and receive information. This type of injury causes complete or incomplete paralysis, depending on the severity.
The spinal cord doesn’t need to be severed. If the protective layer of bone is bruised, crushed, or stretched, a person can experience paralysis.
- Complete paralysis – This indicates that there is a total lack of feeling and movement capability below the injured area. A person with complete paralysis cannot move or control their paralyzed muscles at all. They are likely not able to feel anything in those muscles.
- Incomplete paralysis – Partial or incomplete paralysis is when a person still has some feeling and possible control over their paralyzed muscles. The person may retain some level of function below the trauma site on the spinal cord.
Whether paralysis is complete or incomplete, paralysis is a group of conditions that affect multiple body parts. The types include:
- Monoplegia – affects only one arm or leg
- Hemiplegia – affects one arm and one leg on the same side of the body
- Paraplegia – affects both of your legs
- Quadriplegia – also called tetraplegia, affects both arms and both legs
Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is caused for many different reasons. Spinal cord and brain injuries originate from:
- truck and car accidents
- worksite injuries
- slip and fall accidents
- sports injuries
- medical negligence
If you or a loved one suffered a paralytic injury in a car or truck accident or another catastrophic event, contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law. We will guide you through the process of opening claims, investigating your case, negotiating a settlement, submitting demands, and taking any other necessary legal actions.
The Financial Impact of Paralysis
Unfortunately, the difficulties of living with paralysis are not limited to the condition alone. Paralyzed individuals often suffer from other complications and additional illnesses due to their paralysis. An estimated 30% of people with paralysis are hospitalized at least once a year.
The lifetime cost of living with paralysis is often incalculable due to the far-reaching consequences of the injury. The lifetime costs estimates vary significantly, ranging between $1 million and nearly $5 million. These figures, however, only take into consideration healthcare and living costs. They do not include indirect costs such as lost wages, productivity, and other unquantifiable benefits.
When Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law fight for your deserved personal injury compensation, the funds received from the settlement can help cover costs such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Reduced quality of life
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
- Legal fees
Living with a Paralytic Injury
In addition to the hardships that paralysis causes to the injured individual, their support network of family and friends is also impacted. It is often the family members who serve as the primary caregivers for paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals. More than 50 million people are providing this type of care annually, and the estimated value of their labor is more than $300 billion a year. The figure increases, even more when hospice and nursing home care are factored in.
Adjusting to life with a severe disability is not just a physical burden but also a financial one. It also presents many practical and emotional challenges. Some of the challenges of adapting to a life with paralysis include, but are not limited to:
- Retrofitting your vehicle
- Retrofitting your home – toilets, showers, wheelchair access
- Finding alternative transportation
- Wheelchair mobility training
- Physical therapy
- Mental health therapy
- Transportation and attending frequent doctors appointments
- Arranging for help with childcare
- Arranging for help will house cleaning
Contact a Paralysis Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered a paralytic injury in a car or truck accident or another catastrophic event, contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law. Sustaining a severe injury such as paraplegia or quadriplegia due to the negligence or error of another person may entitle you to compensation. These cases are often complex as multiple parties are subject to investigation and claims in the aftermath of such a severe injury.
The legal team at Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law will compassionately and expertly guide you through your options in pursuing legal action.