Having a portion of your body become permanently paralyzed is devastating. It limits your independence, your employment opportunities, and your ability to participate in the activities you once loved. It also can shorten your life expectancy.
Permanent paralysis is usually the result of a traumatic injury, often a car accident, motorcycle crash, fall, assault, or a construction site accident. In many cases, the person suffering the injury and the resulting lifelong paralysis was in no way at fault for the accident, which was caused by a negligent driver, premises owner, or some other party.
Paralysis Caused by Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the pathway that connects the brain with the rest of the body. It is a bundle of nerves, protected by a column of hard vertebrae in your neck and back, which conducts signals from the brain throughout the body, and from all parts of your body back to your brain.
Any trauma to the neck or back can potentially damage the spinal cord, which may cut off the pathway of nerve signals between brain and body. If your neck or back is injured, the spinal cord may also be damaged. This means the brain may no longer be able to transmit signals to the muscles, resulting in paralysis below the point of injury. The higher the injury to your spinal cord, the more extensive the paralysis will be. If the spinal cord injury is in your neck, it will frequently cause tetraplegia (quadriplegia)—paralysis of all four limbs and often the diaphragm as well, necessitating the use of a ventilator to enable you to breathe.
On the other hand, if it occurs in your mid to lower back, you will retain the use of your arms and probably be spared the respiratory problems, but will lose the use of your legs. In either case, you can expect to be confined to a wheelchair for life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Car crashes, falls, motorcycle accidents, and workplace accidents are all common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Any severe blow to the head can cause the brain to tear or bruise as it pounds against the skull, resulting in damage to blood vessels and nerves or a buildup of pressure from a collection of fluid within the skull, pressing on the brain. Brain injury can lead to paralysis if an area of the brain that controls certain muscles is damaged.
Paralysis occurs on the opposite side of the body from the damaged area of the brain: damage to the right side of the brain can potentially cause paralysis of the left side of the body, while damage to the left side of the brain can paralyze the right side.
Obtaining Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
Fortunately, our legal system allows you, as a victim of a catastrophic injury such as permanent paralysis, to recover monetary damages from the party who was responsible for your injury. Nothing will give you your old life back, but getting a good lawyer and making the wrongdoer pay up will accomplish several things:
- It can provide you with the money to get the medical treatment you need.
- It can provide you with the means to support yourself and your family when you can’t work.
- It can give you the means to adapt your home, and perhaps your vehicle, to accommodate your physical disability.
- It can give you peace of mind, knowing that you have enough money to handle your financial obligations and obtain the services and treatment you need.
- It will hold the wrongdoer accountable for the damage to your quality of life and possible deter the wrongful behavior in the future.
- It will give you a sense that there is some degree of justice in the world.
The Right Lawyer for Your Case when You’ve Been Paralyzed
Paralysis liability claims can be labor intensive, time consuming, and demanding. They require a personal injury attorney with years of experience and a record of success in resolving high value cases, both in and out of the courtroom. To ensure that you are receiving the best quality legal representation, look for an attorney who has been qualified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Specialist.
Free Case Consultation
If you’re like most people who have recently suffered severe, life-changing injury, you probably have many questions and concerns for your future. At the Aaron Herbert Law Firm, we offer a free consultation in which we will answer your questions and advise you of your legal options, explaining how we can assist you after a paralyzing event caused by another’s negligence.
Aaron Herbert is a Texas Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Attorney with 14 years of experience and the highest possible rating from AVVO—10 out of ten. He has obtained settlements and verdicts for clients in these high value cases.
Call today to schedule your appointment without obligation. You will have no out-of-pocket costs, and you will incur no attorney fees, court, or legal expenses unless you recover.