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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Look at Catastrophic Personal Injuries That Cause Paralysis

Serious accidents can lead to life changing injuries, and paralysis is one of them.  Accident victims that suffer from paralysis may require ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy, as well potentially a caregiver and assistive devices.  Paralysis can bring about tremendous financial challenges, as the accident victim experiences mounting expenses and may be unable to work to cover these costs.  Our New York personal injury lawyers discuss some catastrophic injuries that may lead to paralysis below.  

Spinal Cord Injuries

Each year, tens of thousands of people will be involved in accidents that result in severe spinal cord injuries.  The spine consists of 26 bones interspaced with cartilage.  Depending on the location and extent of the injury, a spinal cord injury can result in partial or complete paralysis.  Those who sustain complete paralysis will likely lose sensation and motor functions from the site of the injury down.  As such, spinal cord injuries that are higher up will result in more extensive paralysis.  The most severe of spinal cord injuries could impair a patient’s breathing and ability to eat on their own.  

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are responsible for over 20 percent of all paralysis cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Millions of Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries annually, and 80,000 of patients will experience permanent disabilities.  Traumatic brain injuries can affect every aspect of a patient’s well-being, from their memory and speech to their motor control.  Serious TBIs could leave patients unable to walk, move their arms, and more.

Causes of Catastrophic Personal Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by many different scenarios.  While some catastrophic injuries are the result of pure accident, others stem from the negligence of other people or entities.  Car accidents are the number one cause of catastrophic injuries, followed by falls, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and acts of violence.  If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer right away.  Your attorney will review the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine whether you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party that caused your tremendous injuries.  Catastrophic injury victims may be entitled to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, long term care costs, and more.  

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