What If My Car Accident Leaves Me Paralyzed?

One of the worst injuries an individual can suffer in a car accident is paralysis.

Paralysis may occur when nerves are heavily damaged in the spinal cord. Such nerves regulate muscles throughout the body, with the reduced body controlling lumbar spine nerves and the upper half of the body controlling activities of the cervical spine nerves.

Cervical spine injuries can cause paralysis in both the upper and lower body parts of the body. Lumbar spine injuries can cause paralysis for the reduced body. In addition to medical expenses, there are numerous other costs and struggles related to the loss of mobility, many of which insurance companies either do not consider or significantly undervalue in their compensation calculations.

If, as a consequence of someone’s negligence, you or a loved one were engaged in an automobile accident and left paralyzed, you can seek compensation for your physical, emotional and economic suffering.

Types Of Compensation

In your personal injury claim against the negligent party, you can recover these types of compensation:

Medical Expenses – You can recover damages for all the treatment costs you underwent after the accident. These include costs of medical tests, hospitalization, surgery, medication, therapy, chiropractic care and nursing support. They also include wheelchair costs and future medical costs for continuous monitoring and treatment by doctors.

Physical Pain – If the car accident caused you great physical pain, you can be compensated for this. Physical pain can be the result of back injuries, spine injuries, bone fractures, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries or cuts and gashes. These injuries must be proven in court. It is therefore recommended that you keep copies of your medical reports and medical receipts. You can also recover for future pain.

Mental Suffering – In addition to the physical pain, it can be psychologically traumatizing. You can recover damages for the mental suffering the paralysis has caused you.

Physical Impairment – The loss of mobility means you will not be able to do many of the things you did before like gardening and swimming with your children. Because you are restricted from enjoying life as you used to, you can recover damages for this.

Lost Wages – If you were employed or engaged in an income-generating activity and the accident caused you to spend days or even months away from work, you can recover damages for lost wages or earnings.

Symptoms of paralysis

Although it was the spinal cord injured in a crash, symptoms of paralysis can occur throughout the body of the victim. Symptoms may be either unilateral (on one side) of the body or bilateral (on both sides).

Symptoms Of Paralysis After A Vehicle Accident Involve:

  • Numbness
  • Difficulty of motion or lack of motion
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of
    breath, wheezing or not breathing

The insurance companies engaged in your case will want to pay you the least amount possible and they will want to rapidly put an end to your legal claim. However, if you are not given the economic assistance you need, skilled lawyers can bring your case to court. The Hollingsworth Law Firm, PLLC is a firm you can trust to represent your best interest with honest and expert legal experience. We understand what you and your loved ones are going through, and have been helping personal injury victims like you through the years. We can help you obtain the monetary compensation that may be owed to you.

 

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