Getting injured in an accident can be a scary enough experience, but suffering from such a severe injury that leaves you paralyzed is even more harrowing. Such an injury can upend your entire life. Paralysis can take away your ability to enjoy activities you once loved and make it difficult to provide for your family.
If you believe the accident that caused your paralysis occurred from someone else’s negligence, you could recover compensation. A Dallas paralysis injury lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help.
Types of Paralysis-Related Accident Cases Our Firm Can Handle
Many types of accidents can end up causing a paralysis injury. Our lawyers frequently work with victims of:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dallas car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Construction accidents
- Other premises liability cases
It does not matter how you or your loved one suffered an injury. Whether you were behind the wheel of a car or walking through a store, the at-fault party should be held accountable if someone else’s negligence contributed to your injury.
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What to Do After Your Accident Resulting in Paralysis
After your accident, make sure that you get all the medical care that you need. Keep your bills and any other documentation, especially things that relate to your diagnosis and need for future medical care. You should even consider keeping a journal and writing about your experiences with your injury. How is it affecting your day-to-day experiences? How is it affecting your mental health and your family?
Doing these things and keeping accurate records can help your lawyer better make your case. The more information we have, the more we can do to help you fight for your compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for How Your Paralysis and Related Losses
The compensation from your case should help you cover all sorts of expenses stemming from your accident. It should also help make up for some of the mental anguish and stress the accident has caused you and your family.
For that reason, Texas divides damages into two general categories. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.001 identifies the following types of damages:
- Economic damages, which cover the things that are easier to calculate, like bills and missed paychecks
- Non-economic damages, which concern the intangible ways your injuries have affected your life
As a result, your compensation can cover many things, including:
You will likely have to deal with many medical bills after your accident. Hospital stays, visits to doctors, and prescription medications and treatments all cost money, and those costs add up quickly.
Your compensation should cover these bills, but it also needs to cover the cost of future medical care. If you have therapy bills or additional treatments to pay for, you need to be sure that your compensation is enough to last.
You might be out of work for a while after your accident. Missing out on those paychecks could cause financial stress for your family. So, your lawyer will make sure that those lost wages are factored in when your losses are valuated. You can focus on recovery without worrying that you will be unable to keep a roof over your family’s head.
Lost Earning Potential
Your paralysis could leave you unable to work at the same job or in the same industry. You might have to work fewer hours, or you might not be able to work at all. This lost earning potential is a major factor in cases like this. You can be sure that we are keeping it in mind while fielding settlement offers and negotiating a compensation amount that would be fair to you and your family.
Diminished Quality of Life
Your paralysis can prevent you from taking part in activities you once loved. Whether you were an avid golfer or someone who made a daily jog into a habit, this inability to enjoy something that was once a big part of your life is significant. This loss of enjoyment or diminished quality of life should be considered when your lawyer considers the value of your case.
Pain and Suffering
Your paralysis injury can cause stress for you and your family. Any other past and future pain and suffering you experience due to this injury will also need to be a part of the picture.
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How Your Lawyer Will Assist You in Your Paralysis Accident Case
You do not need to hire a lawyer when you file a paralysis injury lawsuit. However, you should know what one of our Dallas attorneys can do for you before you decide to go it alone. An attorney cannot guarantee a certain outcome, but you can be sure that your lawyer will fight for the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Your lawyer will:
- Gather any evidence necessary to make your case
- Calculate fair compensation based on your family’s situation
- Handle all communications with other involved parties
- Field settlement offers
- Keep you updated on your case
- Help you prepare for depositions and testimony
Proving negligence can be hard on your own. Let one of our personal injury attorneys help you.
The Statute of Limitations Could Be Relevant in Your Case
We suggest speaking with your lawyer as soon as you can if you wish to pursue a paralysis injury case. This is because the state does not give you unlimited time to move forward with such a suit. Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, plaintiffs have just two years to begin pursuing damages.
That can seem like a long time, but as you try to adjust to your new life and return to something resembling normalcy, those days, weeks, and months can fly by. One of our lawyers will help you file your case before the statute of limitations expires. This way, you and your family do not miss out on the chance to pursue compensation.
Get Your Free Consultation Today
Now that you know more about how a paralysis injury attorney can assist you, call our Dallas office. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we offer potential clients a free consultation where they have the chance to learn more about all of their legal options. There is no obligation. Call today and see how our law firm will fight for you.