There are several different types of paralysis, which is a condition that occurs when someone is unable to move or use muscles in their body. These types include quadriplegia, paraplegia, and hemiplegia. Although it may result from a wide variety of situations, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of paralysis. Car or motorcycle crashes may result in trauma to the spine, which cuts off the messages that the spinal cord sends to various parts of the body, such as the arms or the legs. If you suffer paralysis due to someone else’s negligence, Folsom personal injury attorney Travis G. Black may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages.
Seeking Compensation for Paralysis
Paralysis occurs if something goes awry in the connection between the brain and spine and the muscles of your body. It may be complete or partial, and it may occur in just one area or in multiple parts of the body. Paralysis in your arms and legs, for example, would be quadriplegia. Spinal cord injuries or a broken neck may cause paralysis, and sometimes they result from a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. Some people do regain the ability to move, while many others suffer from a permanent inability to move.
If you suffer paralysis due to someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct, you may be able to recover damages. To establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence, you will need to show that someone else breached a duty to use reasonable care and in doing so caused your paralysis. For example, if two drivers were racing, and one of them crashed into you, it is likely that a jury would find that they breached their duty to use reasonable care while operating a vehicle and that this was the legal cause of your injuries.
In most cases, you may recover compensatory damages once you establish negligence. Compensatory damages are damages intended to put you back into the position in which you would have been had you not suffered injuries in the accident. These may include economic losses like past and future lost income, vocational rehabilitation, medical expenses, therapy bills, and other tangible losses. Damages may also include noneconomic losses, which vary depending on what a particular jury sees as the intangible losses that are likely to flow from a particular injury.
In a paralysis case, both economic and noneconomic damages tend to be substantial. Therefore, it is important to retain a Folsom personal injury lawyer who understands and is able to show convincingly how your life has changed due to the paralysis. If the harm is permanent, you may need lifelong medical care, including physical therapy and medical equipment, as well as alterations to your home so that you can move around in it. You may need help doing basic household tasks that you were previously able to do on your own. You may suffer a loss of enjoyment of life due to your inability to do activities that you were previously able to do, such as playing sports, taking walks, or even doing your job.