Paralysis Injury Lawyers in Louisville
Serving All of Kentucky with Competence & Care
When nerve cells are damaged, the affected part of the body loses muscle strength and control. This can be somewhat localized or may affect large portions of the body, depending on the location of nerve damage.
No matter the cause or extent of paralysis, it can affect one’s life in many ways. It is important to understand what legal options you have if someone else is responsible for causing you harm. You may be entitled to financial compensation for all economic and non-economic damages you have experienced. This cannot prevent your injury from occurring in the first place, but it can help you work toward a more stable future.
To find out more about your rights and options, call (502) 242-8872 to speak with a Louisville paralysis injury lawyer at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC. Your consultation is free!
Different Forms of Paralysis
There are over 7 trillion nerves in the human body, each supporting various bodily functions. When the nerves that control motor function are damaged, paralysis can occur in any number of places throughout the body.
A spinal cord injury to the lower part of the back can cause paraplegia. The severity of paraplegia depends on the location of the spinal damage and can involve paralysis of the legs, pelvic organs, and abdomen. In some cases, a person may be diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia, where only one leg is paralyzed.
While modern medicine can help paraplegics live comfortable lives, there is no cure, leaving them dependent on crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
Also called "tetraplegia", quadriplegia is the most severe form of paralysis, affecting the body from the neck down. In addition to paralysis of the arms and legs, quadriplegia can also cause loss of bladder control, loss of sexual function, breathing problems, and the inability to sit upright.
Quadriplegics may be able to get back some form of their previous life with physical therapy, in-home medical care, and specialized equipment, however, they are no longer able to live independently.
Paralysis from Stroke
A common side-effect of a stroke is paralysis. Stroke paralysis can cause loss of motor function to the face, arms, and legs of one or both sides of the body. Unlike other forms of paralysis, stroke paralysis can be treated, with 10% of stroke survivors making a full recovery, and 25% recovering with minor impairments.
Can I File a Lawsuit for My Paralysis?
Depending on the cause of your paralysis, you may be able to pursue compensation for your expenses and losses with a personal injury lawsuit.
Common causes of paralysis include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Head injury
The Cost of Living with Paralysis
The medical expenses associated with paralysis can easily add up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. You must consider immediate medical treatment as well as the need for ongoing care, assistive devices, therapy, home modifications, and more. Our team fights for fair compensation for our clients, helping them get the care they need – for the rest of their lives.
Compensation for a paralysis injury claim may include money for:
- Hospitalization, surgery, and trauma care
- Medication and medical supplies
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy
- Long-term care, including in-home aides or home modifications
- Medical equipment and assistive devices
- Lost earnings, including loss of future wages or loss of earning capacity
- Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life
The Louisville paralysis attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC are passionate about helping individuals and families across Kentucky who have suffered the effects of paralysis. We take on cases involving car, truck, motorcycle, and other traffic accidents, and also defective products, medical errors, and birth injuries.
Find out how we can help you by calling (502) 242-8872.
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