Spinal cord injuries affect 15,000 Americans every year, with nearly 10,000 people experiencing permanent paralysis. The types of paralysis injuries are wide ranging, from losing feeling in your legs, to complete paralysis (quadriplegia). Paralysis injuries devastate not just the person hurt, but can overwhelm their entire family.
Paralysis is the loss of function of one or more muscle groups. The condition can be temporary or permanent, and how the paralysis affects your body will depend on the type of injury and what area of the body was hurt. Paralysis is a catastrophic injury that can leave you unable to move your legs, one side of your body, or all four limbs.
Most common causes for people becoming paralyzed include:
- Birth injury
- Car accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Physical assault
- Playground accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Surgical error
- Workplace accident
Paralysis is caused by a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or a neurological condition. Many spinal injuries are because of another person or group's negligent actions. If you or a loved one has been left paralyzed by an accident, contact the New York injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986- 7353.
Most common spinal cord injuries like whiplash may be temporary, lasting a few weeks before healing. A more serious injury to your spine could leave you paralyzed. Here is an explanation of each type of paralysis:
- Monoplegia is the paralysis of one limb, like a leg or an arm. Monoplegia is caused by damage to specific parts of the spine and nervous system.
- Diplegia affects the same part of the both sides of your body (both arms, both sides of the face, etc.). Diplegia is usually a sign of brain damage caused by cerebral palsy.
- Hemiplegia paralyzes one side of the body. It's almost always caused by brain damage on the side of your body opposite the paralysis. Strokes often lead to hemiplegic.
- Paraplegia affects both legs. Paraplegia is usually caused by a bad injury to the lower spinal cord.
- Quadriplegia strikes all four limbs and your chest, basically your entire body below the shoulders. Quadriplegia is caused by severe damage to your spinal cord above the shoulders.
The only treatment for paralysis is a rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation includes:
- Physical therapy to help train muscles that still function and build muscle around the injury. A physical therapist can work with people using braces, canes, or wheelchairs.
- Occupational therapy focuses on daily activities like eating and bathing. It helps injured people build up muscles that are used to doing things at home and work.
- Other specialties like having a respiratory therapist, speech-language coach, nutritionist, special education teacher, or clinical psychologist can all be helpful.
To successfully get the financial help you need for your injury, your lawyer will have to show that your injury wasn't pre-existing and was caused by someone else's actions. Your experienced NY spinal cord injury attorney at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you. Here are some of the expenses a lawsuit can help pay:
- Lost income
- Lower future earning
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation costs
Care and treatment for paralysis goes far beyond the cost of hospitalization. You'll need physical and occupational therapy, continuing medical care, new transportation, and medical devices. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help get you and your family the financial help you need.