New York Paralyzed Injury

Every year in the U.S. thousands of people experience paralysis, most commonly as a result of a spinal cord injury. Often these injuries are the result of an accident at work, an auto accident, motorcycle accident or construction accident. Paralysis is the inability to voluntarily move a body part. Paralysis is a devastating condition as it affects a person physically and emotionally. You may experience difficulty in carrying on your life, and your relationships with friends and family will be affected. Physical therapy will be required, as well as assistive devices and various medical services to help. If you are suffering from a paralysis injury it is critical that you contact an experienced New York Paralysis Lawyer as soon as possible. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries including compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.


The spinal cord is a large bundle of nerves that runs through the spinal column to the brain. The spinal cord is extremely delicate and critical to proper functioning of the body. When the spinal column is injured, the location of the injury will determine where the paralysis occurs. Depending of the severity of the injury, the paralysis can be temporary or permanent. There are various types of paralysis:

  • Paraplegia: paralysis of the legs;
  • Quadriplegia: paralysis of all four extremities;
  • Hemiplegia: paralysis on one side of the body;
  • Diplegia: paralysis of the same body part on both sides (both legs/both arms).
  • Monoplegia: paralysis of a single limb.

The symptoms of paraplegia will depend on the site of the injury to the spinal cord. Symptoms of paraplegia can include:

  • Loss of feeling and/or inability to move legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased muscle tone in affected limbs
  • Confinement to a wheel chair
  • Incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Thrombosis
  • Bedsores or pressure sores
  • Chronic nerve pain
Common causes of paralysis

A victim can experience a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis in many different settings, but many occur as a result of an vehicle accident. However many injuries also occur in a work related setting, and are often the result of a construction accident. In other cases paralysis is caused by medical malpractice. Some types of malpractice commonly seen in relation to these injuries include:

  • Incorrect positioning of the patient during surgery
  • Failure to immobilize the spine after an accident
  • Failure to monitor spine during surgery
  • Chiropractic malpractice
  • Intubation errors
Pursuing a claim

While many people report that they recover to the extent that they can return to work in some capacity, a majority of them cannot. Critical income is lost and medical bills quickly mount. When a serious spinal injury occurs, often the largest bills occur within the first year of treatment. More the often than not, surgery is required as well as physical therapy, special equipment and home modifications. During the first year after the paralysis injury, one of the primary goals will be to ensure that there is no further damage occurs from inflammation. Usually special anti-inflammatory drugs are used within the first 8 hours of the injury for the best long term results. Where a vertebra has been crushed or broken, doctors may decide to implant a steel rod to stabilize the spine.

Rehabilitation and long term care will depend on the severity of the injury. Often at this time a combination of physical and occupational therapies can be used to preserve and strengthen the muscles. Therapy is also important to help the victim move around more freely and resume their daily activities. Other therapies that may be used include respiratory therapy, drug therapy, and mental health care.

A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligence, but will provide you with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury action you can seek compensation to cover the past and future medical expenses related to you injury. You can also seek compensation for your lost earnings and loss of future earning capacity. Furthermore, the physical and psychological pain and suffering you endured from your injury are compensable losses as well.

New York Paralyzed Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal injuries. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.

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