Paralysis – Spinal Cord Injury – Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
When a car accident causes paralysis due to a spinal cord injury or head injury, Willens Law Offices will help you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Being involved in a serious car accident is a traumatic experience. When a car wreck causes paralysis, it results in a lifetime of changes and expenses.
At Willens Law Offices we will help you and your family receive the benefits you need and deserve to move forward with your life. Even though monetary compensation cannot undo your injuries or take the pain away, it can help you and your family cope with many of the day-to-day burdens that you will be facing as a result of your catastrophic injury.
Chicago Spinal Cord Injury
Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. According to the CDC, auto accidents are responsible for 46% of all spinal cord injuries.
The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves that run from your brain through the neck and spine. It is part of the central nervous system that transmits signals to and from the brain and body.
If a person’s neck or spine is injured in an accident, the spinal cord can be damaged and may affect the brains ability to transmit signals to the body, causing paralysis.
Much depends on the location of the injury. For instance, if the injury is in the middle of the spine, this can cause paraplegia, which is paralysis of the lower limbs. Whereas an injury in the neck can result in quadriplegia, paralysis in all four limbs if the body.
Paralysis injuries can be put into the following categories:
- Monoplegia – paralysis of a single area of the body
- Hemiplegia – affects an arm and leg on the same side of the body
- Paraplegia – paralysis below the waist, affecting the legs, hips, and lower body function
- Quadriplegia – paralysis below the neck, also know as tetraplegia
A spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis can occur for a number of reasons, but when it is the result of a serious car accident due to another’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve to receive compensation.
Paralysis – Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury
While every case is unique, the cost of spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis is generally very high. The average cost of the first year of treatment ranges from $300,000 to $1 million. Lifetime medical care for a quadriplegic can easily cost over $3 million.
For the average person, these figures are seriously overwhelming. In addition, this type of life-changing injury also has emotional costs. The combination can be devastating for both the victim and his or her family.
Chicago Head Injury
In addition to a spinal cord injury, a severe head or brain injury can cause paralysis. The surface of the brain can tear or bruise as it moves around against the skull. This can damage blood vessels and nerves. If part of the brain than controls muscle function is severely damaged, paralysis can occur.
A traumatic brain injury, (TBI) occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. It is often the result of a jolt to the head or violent blow.
A person suspected of having either a spinal cord injury or brain injury, should seek immediate medical attention. An injury that is less serious can worsen and cause more damage if not treated right away.
So many parts of the body can be affected, but some of the potential symptoms resulting from paralysis include:
- Loss of feeling in arms, legs or feet
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Change in sexual function
- Respiratory problems, trouble breathing and/or coughing
Once a nerve is damaged beyond repair or severed, it cannot be fixed. There is no type of surgery that can repair or fix it; there is no cure for paralysis.
Chicago Car Injury Lawyer
If your catastrophic injury has been caused by the recklessness or negligence of another person, you can file a personal injury claim. There are generally large financial implications following a spinal cord injury, causing paralysis. For this reason, one of the most important aspects of such a claim is determining it’s value.
When it comes to personal injury cases, we don’t limit ourselves in what we cover. We are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time. We have years of experience covering many forms of personal injury.