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Understanding Paralysis Injuries and the Legal Remedies Available

Paralysis is a medical condition characterized by the loss of muscle function and nerve sensation in parts of the body. This occurs due to disruptions in the nervous system, preventing signals from the brain and spinal cord from reaching the muscles. Paralysis can manifest itself in different forms, affecting various parts of the body depending on the underlying cause and location of the nerve damage.

The extent of paralysis varies depending on the location and severity of the injury, ranging from partial loss of function to complete immobility. These are the major types:

  1. Monoplegia — This affects a single limb, such as one arm or one leg.
  2. Hemiplegia — This involves paralysis of one side of the body, often resulting from a stroke or brain injury.
  3. Paraplegia — This affects both legs and sometimes parts of the lower body, typically due to spinal cord injuries.
  4. Quadriplegia (Tetraplegia) — This affects all four limbs and the torso, usually resulting from severe spinal cord injuries at the neck level.

Common causes of paralysis include accidents, medical malpractice, physical attacks, or other instances of negligent or intentional wrongdoing. For instance:

  • Automobile accidents — High-impact collisions can cause severe spinal cord injuries leading to partial or complete paralysis.
  • Medical malpractice — Surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or delayed treatment of neurological conditions can result in paralysis.
  • Sports injuries — High-contact sports like football or accidents in activities like diving can cause spinal cord injuries.
  • Falls — Significant falls, particularly in elderly individuals, can result in spinal fractures and subsequent paralysis.
  • Violent attacks — Gunshot wounds, stabbings, or severe beatings can damage the spinal cord or brain, leading to paralysis.

When a paralyzing injury is due to the negligence or intentional actions of another party, victims may be entitled to pursue legal compensation. The types of damages that can be recovered in such lawsuits include:

Economic Damages:

  • Medical Expenses — This covers past and future medical treatments, including surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.
  • Lost Wages — Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work and loss of future earning capacity.
  • Home Modifications — Costs associated with modifying the home to accommodate the victim’s new needs, such as ramps, wider doorways, and specialized equipment.

Noneconomic Damages:

  • Pain and Suffering — Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the injury.
  • Loss of Consortium — Damages awarded to the spouse or family members for the loss of companionship and support.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life — Compensation for the reduced ability to enjoy day-to-day activities and hobbies.

Legal proceedings in paralysis cases often involve detailed medical evaluations, testimonies from healthcare experts, and meticulous documentation of the victim’s financial and personal losses. An experienced paralysis injury attorney can help victims to navigate the complexities of such cases and maximize their compensation.

Feinberg & Alban PC aggressively pursues claims for paralysis victims throughout the Greater Boston area. We have an office at Two Center Plaza in Boston and one in Brookline. Please call 617-232-5950 or contact us online to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.

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