Paralyzed in a Car Accident
Paralysis caused by a car accident may result in an ability to use one’s voice, legs, or both the legs and arms simultaneously (quadriplegia). Spinal cord injuries are unpredictable.
The paralysis is usually due to an injury to the spine, but can also be due to an injury of the limbs, brain, or other nerves in the body. Whatever the cause of the paralysis, becoming paralyzed in any way due to a car accident will lead to a drastic change in both lifestyle and income.
Paralysis can lead to extensive new medical needs, as well as mental health needs as you adjust.
If you or someone you love was paralyzed in a car accident, it is important to take all necessary legal actions so that the victim is not burdened with all of these changes in addition to financial and legal problems.
Causes of Paralysis
Car accidents are unpredictable and chaotic, so there is no one set formula or particular circumstances that cause paralysis. There are certain injuries that more commonly result in paralysis than others, however:
- Traumatic brain injuries from a blow to the head can cause paralysis if the brain is damaged in a way that results in it being unable to control movement or respond to stimuli.
- Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis as the messages to and from the brain are unable to pass through the damaged receptors in the spinal cord.
- Serious nerve damage to the limbs or other areas of the body can cause paralysis as that area of the body is now unable to send or receive signals to or from the brain.
Essentially, paralysis has very little to do with the muscle tissue itself and has everything to do with the pathways between nerves and neurons. Because of this, being paralyzed in a car accident can be one of the most serious types of injuries a person can suffer.
Costs of Paralysis
The medical care required to deal with paralysis is enough to cripple almost anyone financially. In some cases, health insurance limits are reached within the first day.
When someone is paralyzed in a car accident, our lawyers may be able to help manage the details of insurance, medical bills, cost of home modifications, and any related legalities in order to help the individual move forward. Someone newly paralyzed may even be able to receive compensation for any long-term issues that may have to be dealt with in the future.
Contact an Attorney
If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences alone. The experienced car accident attorneys of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help.
Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) as soon as possible to get started.