San Diego Paralysis Injury Attorneys
Legal Help After a Paralyzing Accident
When a person suffers an injury that causes paralysis, whether partial or complete, it affects not only the victim, but their entire family and the community as a whole. What is probably most tragic about a paralysis injury is that it can strip a person of their autonomy, forcing them to rely on others to complete mundane tasks they once could complete by themselves. Loss of personal autonomy can have a large impact on a person's mental state as well as their physical state.
If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis from a car accident or other event, both of your lives will be forever changed. To compensate for you and your family's losses, and to ensure your future, you will need to file a personal injury claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, call the San Diego offices of Jurewitz Law Group. Since 2000, we have been successfully representing Southern California injury victims, securing them substantial settlements. Call (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
Different Types of Paralysis
In general, there are four different types of paralysis one can suffer from. These are:
When an individual loses sensory and motor functioning in the lower body, he or she is said to be suffering from paraplegia. Paraplegia is most often caused by congenital illnesses or severe injuries impacting the spinal cord. If only one limb is affected, the individual is said to suffer from monoplegia. Most paraplegics will have difficulty functioning and performing day to day tasks with the assistance of others. Some individuals experience more severe forms of paraplegia, while others have the ability to recover with intensive physical therapy. In the majority of cases, a person living with paraplegia will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life.
Unlike paraplegia, which only impacts two of the body’s limbs, quadriplegia is a more severe type of paralysis that affects all four limbs and the torso. Most individuals with this condition cannot feel or move most of their body, and more than likely, they will need help completing basic everyday tasks. Individuals with quadriplegia may also lack the ability to control their bladder, sexual organs, bowels, and digestive system, and some may even have difficulty breathing. Due to their inability to move, quadriplegics are prone to developing the following medical conditions.
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Bed sores
- Respiratory complications
- Heart disease
Contrary to popular belief, some quadriplegics have limited use of their limbs. The severity of their paralysis is largely related to the degree of spinal cord damage they have sustained. If an individual injures his or her upper vertebrae, more than likely, total paralysis will result, and the victim will need the aid of a ventilator to breathe. If one of the lower vertebrae is injured, the victim may still be able to use his or her arms, hands, and fingers. It is possible for different parts of the body to experience different degrees of paralysis.
As the name suggests, partial paralysis only affects specific areas of the body. An individual who is partially paralyzed may be able to move every part of his or her body except one arm or leg. With therapy and support, most individuals suffering from partial paralysis can readapt to everyday life, and like other types of paralysis, some areas of the same paralyzed limb may be partially functional. Some of the most common causes of partial paralysis include:
- Disease and illness
- Spinal cord trauma
Facial paralysis occurs when an individual loses the ability to use the facial muscles fully. Unlike quadriplegia or paraplegia which are caused by brain and spinal cord damage, facial paralysis results from nerve damage. Some individuals lose sensation and movement on both sides of the face, while others only experience paralysis on one side. Depending on the circumstances, facial paralysis can be sudden or gradual. Common causes of facial paralysis include:
- Head or neck trauma
- Inflammation or infection of facial nerves
Some individuals fully recover from facial paralysis with proper medical care, while others experience permanent paralysis. Some common signs of facial paralysis are listed below.
- Difficulty eating, drinking, or swallowing
- Drooping of the mouth
- Inability to produce tears
- Slurred speech
- Decreased blinking
- Hypersensitivity to sound
Complications of Paralysis
Paralysis can lead to many side effects resulting from the inability to move. These can include the following:
- Bed sores
- Bowel and bladder difficulties
- Skin breakdown
- And more
Compensation for Damages and Long Term Care in San Diego
A person suffering from paralysis is going to face substantial costs for the rest of their life. To compensate for these daily and future costs, a San Diego personal injury claim may pursue reimbursement for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills (such as surgeries, medications, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Household, vehicle, and workplace modifications to accommodate their injuries (such as wheelchair ramps, oxygen, special bathing facilities, etc.)
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Emotional therapy
- Costs of hiring in home care
- Lost wages of the victim
- Lost wages of a loved one who has to quit working or work less in order to care for the victim
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Costs of institutionalization if needed
- Hedonic damages (for loss of joy of life)
People who are paralyzed can live long, productive, and fulfilling lives. But this is only possible when their present and future care is guaranteed by a generous financial settlement. To get the settlement you need to provide for you and your family's future, you can't rely on insurance companies because they are only concerned with paying you as little as they can get away with.
What you need is an aggressive San Diego paralysis lawyer who will stand up to the insurance companies and demand you get a fair settlement. The legal team at the San Diego offices of Jurewitz Law Group can get you the settlement you deserve. Call (888) 233-5020 today for a free case evaluation.
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