Personal injuries that result in paraplegia or quadriplegia are both physically and emotionally devastating. Once you lose the ability to move some or all of your limbs, your life will never be the same. You will never be able to play with your children, participate in sports and other forms of invigorating exercise, or even stroll through a park or along a beach with a loved one. To compound the tragedy, there is no cure for quadriplegia or paraplegia, and many complex lifestyle modifications will be necessary to help you live with your disability.
Paraplegia vs. Quadriplegia
Paraplegia causes loss of motor and sensory function in your lower extremities while quadriplegia, which is also called tetraplegia, causes you to lose all function and sensation in your trunk and limbs. Both conditions can result in an inability to walk, sexual dysfunction, and inability to control the bladder and bowels. Quadriplegics may even find it impossible to eat or breathe without assistance. In either case, lifetime care will be required, including assistive medical equipment, physical therapy, and other support.
Paraplegia and quadriplegia are both the result of severe spinal cord injuries. Many of these injuries are attributable to negligence on the part of another person or entity. According to the Mayo Clinic, automobile accidents are the primary cause of spinal cord trauma, accounting for over 35% of all newly reported injuries each year. Over 25% of all injuries to the spine are caused by slips and falls. Other potential causes include sports injuries, defective products, and medical malpractice.
If you or someone you love were injured due to someone elseâ€™s negligence, you can seek compensation for the following:
- Current and future medical care
- Long-term rehabilitation and care
- Adaptive devices such as wheelchairs
- Lost income and earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
The parties at fault could be a careless or impaired driver, a property owner or manager who failed to keep the premises safe for the public or even a medical professional who made a career-changing mistake. No matter who is responsible, you are entitled to take legal action to seek compensation and damages.
A New York personal injury attorney with experience in catastrophic injury cases will help you determine who was careless and/or did not live up to a recognized legal obligation. Once the at-fault party is determined, your attorney will work closely with medical specialists, life planning experts, and other parties to obtain a thorough understanding of your economic losses, current and future medical needs, and other factors that go into calculating a settlement amount that will meet your needs for the rest of your life. If you were seriously injured in an accident, then contact Jayson Lutzky, P.C. Mr. Lutzky vigoursly represents clients in accident cases. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation.