When the neurological system is damaged, the victim loses control over their muscles. Paralysis is a tragic injury that no one should have to go through, but it is a real possibility that can stem from driving, surgery, or workplace accidents.
If you or a member of your family has been paralyzed or has suffered spinal damage, you may need the assistance of a Fort Worth paralysis injury lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins.
The Causes of a Paralysis Injury
Multiple situations can induce paralysis, from externally impacting the muscles to problems that internally harm the nerves. If someone else is at fault for your injury, your paralysis comes from an external factor. The following are some of the most prevalent external causes of paralysis:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of head trauma in which the brain collides with the skull due to fast movement. TBI usually occurs due to a sudden impact that directly injures the victim’s head, such as a car accident. When brain injury develops in the brain’s motor cortex, TBIs can result in paralysis.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) happens when damage to the dense bundle of cells and nerves transmits and receives information from the brain to the rest of the body. It is not uncommon for an SCI and a TBI to co-occur in vehicle accidents. Furthermore, an SCI can result from physical work, slip, fall, or violence, such as a gunshot or assault.
Because of several congenital abnormalities, paralysis can be present from birth. Erb’s palsy, caused by injury to the brachial plexus, is one of the most prevalent abnormalities. This injury can readily occur during delivery when any tugging motion occurs, straining the baby’s nerves.
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Types of Paralysis
Many forms of paralysis can develop. These types differ based on the injury’s severity and which body parts cannot move. You are entitled to compensation regardless of the type of disability you have if someone else caused it and you cannot operate normally following the accident.
Paraplegia is a paralysis of the lower limbs that begins at the pelvis and extends down to the ankles. Damage to the neurological system and the spinal cord, which controls the muscles of the lower limbs, causes loss of motion and sensory function. The disorder might be permanent or temporary and can affect both legs or just one (incomplete paraplegia).
It is not complete paralysis if you can move your legs despite impaired muscular action. Paraparesis, or partial leg paralysis, is the correct term. Unlike paraplegia, paraparesis permits you to move both legs even if it reduces your strength.
Quadriplegia is the paralysis of all limbs (legs and arms), resulting in a complete movement inability. Usually, a brain or spinal cord accident can cause this disease. Quadriplegia renders one incapable of conducting bodily motions; such disability will necessitate specific services, structured training, proper equipment, and other support services.
Quadriparesis is another form of quadriplegia characterized by the weakening of all four limbs, comparable to quadriplegia but not identical to it. Quadriparesis is a condition in which a person’s limbs are still moveable and feelable. Quadriplegia is when a person’s ability to move their limbs is completely gone.
Hemiplegia is a disorder in which one side of the body is paralyzed or loses its movement capacity. For example, a spinal cord injury, neck fracture, or stroke can cause hemiplegia. Hemiplegia can affect the body’s left or right side. Usually, symptoms arise on the opposite side of your body if one side of your brain is affected.
Due to similar symptoms, people sometimes confuse “hemiparesis” and “hemiplegia.” However, they are not the same. Hemiparesis is a condition in which one side of the body is weak while the other can move. Hemiparesis results in partial paralysis, whereas hemiplegia results in total paralysis on one side of the body.
Damages to Seek in a Legal Claim
If someone else’s negligence paralyzed you, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The types of damages you can pursue compensation for are:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of pleasure in life
- Health-care costs (past and future, including long-term care)
- Pain and suffering
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Hiring a Paralysis Lawyer Serving Fort Worth
Paralysis may be costly, resulting in repeated medical expenditures and a loss of working ability. In addition, in certain circumstances, the neglect of another can cause your paralysis. For example, it might be the consequence of a car accident, a slick property that caused a fall, or medical malpractice that caused your child to be born with a congenital disability. A paralysis attorney can provide various assistance in these situations, such as:
- Perform a comprehensive investigation and gather all relevant evidence, such as medical records, witness testimonies, and photographs, to establish your paralysis case
- Use the witness statements gathered from the accident report and talk with each witness to find more details.
- Enlist the help of expert witnesses to help you win your case
- Calculate the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost income, and long-term hidden costs from future complications or diseases
- Negotiate with insurance companies for fair compensation
- File a lawsuit in accordance with Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 on your behalf against the at-fault parties if needed
Get Help from a Fort Worth Paralysis Attorney with Your Case Today
Paralysis is a severe injury that might need lifetime medical attention, as it will change your loved one’s life. Paralyzed individuals may have little to no possibility of regaining their physical abilities, and as a result, they might suffer financially, physically, and emotionally.
Obtaining legal guidance may be necessary to ensure you do not suffer financial loss. Without the assistance of a Fort Worth paralysis injury lawyer, you might not receive the total monetary compensation you may be entitled. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we are committed to safeguarding our customers’ interests. Reach out to our law firm today for a free consultation.