When injuries from a car accident result in paralysis, the lives of the victim and his or her family members change forever. In addition to the physical issues and emotional pain, the family also suffers great economic loss due to the extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and long-term personal care that many paralysis patients require. In some cases, the person is unable to return to work thereby causing an even great financial hardship.
Below are some of the car injuries that can result in paralysis. We urge you to contact our office if you or a loved one has suffered one of these car injuries. We may be able to help you recover compensation to help pay the expenses associated with the paralysis.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting messages from the brain to all other areas of the body. An injury to any portion of the spinal cord can result in partial or complete paralysis. The level of paralysis depends on the severity of the injury and the location of the injury. The higher up on the spine the injury occurs, the greater the level of paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are common car accident injuries. The CDC reports that almost one-quarter of paralysis cases in the United States are a result of traumatic brain injuries. In addition to paralysis, traumatic brain injuries can result in permanent neurological damage that can cause lifelong disabilities for car accident victims.
Injuries to the neck in a car accident can also result in paralysis. In most cases, neck injuries result is complete paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia). Quadriplegia requires a lifetime of assisted care and ongoing medical care and treatment.
Compensation for Paralysis Injuries
The economic cost of taking care of a paralysis patient can equal millions of dollars over a lifetime. In one split second, a person’s life can change. In many cases, the person nor the family has the financial means of providing the full-time personal care and medical care that the person requires. Health insurance and government assistance may help pay for a portion of this care; however, the family is often left to bear the majority of the cost.
Filing a car accident claim against the person who caused the crash can provide some financial assistance for the accident victim and the family. To ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation available, it is wise to consult with a New Orleans car accident attorney. More than one person may be liable for the damages from the accident. By identifying all responsible parties and sources of compensation, an attorney can help you recover as much compensation as possible under Louisiana’s personal injury laws.
Call a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney Today
Even though paralysis is a devastating accident injury, you only have a short time to file a car accident claim. If you do not act now, you may lose your right to recover compensation for your damages.
Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans car accident lawyer. We accept most cases on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay any attorney fees until we recover compensation for your claim.