The lawyers of Worby Groner Edelman, LLP in White Plains have helped countless injury victims following serious motor vehicle collisions. When auto accidents cause catastrophic injury, a skilled lawyer can help you obtain damages to cover various losses and hardships that you'll have to endure. Such legal assistance is particularly helpful if you suffer a severe spinal cord injury that results in paraplegia.
What is paraplegia?
Paraplegia refers to the loss of sensation in and physical use of the lower extremities. Sometimes people who've suffered a major spinal injury will have limited sensation or use of their legs, but generally the injury results in significant changes to overall use of the lower extremities, requiring the use of a wheelchair and other major changes.
Paraplegia is a condition that arises after a serious injury to the spinal cord. Generally a severe injury to the spinal cord around the lower to middle portion of the spinal column will result in paraplegia.
Paraplegia is not to be confused with quadriplegia, a condition in which the sensation and use of both the upper and the lower extremities is impaired. In the case of quadriplegia, the injury to the spinal cord is higher up on the spine, with the most severe forms of quadriplegia involving neck injuries.
Potential Causes of Paraplegia
Paraplegia may be the result of an auto accident, a medical mistake, or a physical assault, or a serious fall that does major injury to the spine.
Changes in Mobility and General Quality of Life
If a major spinal cord injury results in paraplegia, the injury victim will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life. This alters overall mobility, making simple tasks around the home extremely difficult. Cooking, cleaning, and other actions that many people take for granted are much more difficult. In fact, the layout of a house or apartment may need to be rearranged in order to accommodate a person whose lower extremities are now paralyzed.
Transportation becomes another major issue to consider, as you are more likely to require rides to places or may need to rely on public transportation to get around. Of course, simply entering a place of business or getting to destinations may be difficult if these places are not handicap accessible.
Changes in Earning Potential Due to Lower Body Paralysis
With all of the above changes to your life as a result of paraplegia, it should come as no surprise that you will lose the ability to perform a number of common job duties. Manual labor is often out of the question, for example.
These kinds of severe spinal cord injuries often mean the loss of a fulfilling career for many victims, and a need to start over in another field given the physical limitations of this injury. It could mean diminished wages and loss of projected future earnings as a result.
How Our Attorneys Will Help You in Your Case
Our legal team will fight on your behalf, seeking compensation for medical expenses, including any physical therapy required and so forth. We will also fight to ensure that you are compensated for lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and the significant changes in your overall quality and enjoyment of life. Ultimately we want to help you receive damages that allow you to recuperate and move on, leading the most fulfilling life you can with your loved ones.
Speak with the Lawyers of Worby Groner Edelman, LLP
To learn more about your legal options following a serious injury, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The team at Worby Groner Edelman, LLP look forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for injuries sustained and their affect on the rest of your life.