A spinal cord injury damages the vertebrae, ligaments, or discs of the spinal column or spinal cord. The spinal cord is responsible for a large portion of the body’s movements, so catastrophic spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis. Paralysis causes lifelong damages.
Victims of a personal injury that caused paralysis should contact our Kirkland, WA legal practice, Quick Law Group, PLLC, to discuss the details of their accident with our experienced personal injury attorneys. If the injury was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, that person or party can be held liable for financial and non-financial losses associated with the injury.
Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is defined as the loss of muscle function in some part of the body. Nearly six million people in the United States have suffered from some type of paralysis. While there are many illnesses and diseases that can cause paralysis, such as a stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and ALS, nearly 25 percent of all paralysis cases in the United States are the result of spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury is classified differently than other cases of paralysis. People suffering from paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury may either suffer from a complete injury, in which the spinal cord in unable to send any signals to the body below the point of the injury, or an incomplete injury, in which the spinal cord can send and receive some messages to the area of the body below the point of injury.
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis include:
- Auto accident
- Work accident
- Slip or fall
- Sports injury
Unlike other injuries that heal over time, most cases of paralysis are permanent. In addition to the initial expenses for medical treatment, those with paralysis face a lifetime of expenses for medical care, rehabilitation, and medical devices. It may even be necessary to renovate the injury victim’s living quarters so they can continue to move about within the house.
Aside from the significant financial losses associated with paralysis, injury victims are likely to experience severe emotional damages. Paralysis diminishes a person’s quality of life and can result in emotional pain and suffering, including depression. Although it is not easy to quantify these types of losses, the impact they have on a person’s life can be just as great as the financial hardships.
Compensation for Damages
The person or party responsible for the personal injury can be held liable for the financial and non-financial damages of the injury. The experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Quick Law Group, PLLC has a deep understanding of the unique losses surrounding paralysis. We have helped clients collect compensation for damages after a personal injury that causes paralysis. This compensation does not take away the emotional difficulties of such an injury, but it does allow injury victims to focus on moving forward with their lives, rather than worrying about financial hardships.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be due financial compensation for damages. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.