Talented Paralysis Injury Lawyers Helping Victims Recover Compensation in Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ
Paralysis can sometimes be a fate worse than death. Having to live the rest of your life without the use of some or all of your body is extremely painful physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is important to know what being paralyzed actually means and what, if anything, you can do in order to elevate your quality of life after becoming paralyzed.
Our team of personal injury attorneys understands the immense impact that paralysis can have on both you and your loved ones. With our extensive expertise through years practicing in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Colts Neck, Middletown, Lavallette, Red Bank, Lakewood, Brick, and throughout Southern New Jersey, we are able to effectively handle your injury claim and seek full compensation for your injuries.
Please feel free to reach out to our Asbury Park office either by calling (732) 303-7857 or by completing our online form. We provide free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay if we win your case.
How Does Paralysis Occur?
Paralysis is what happens when someone loses complete control of a body part or limb because the brain does not send the proper signals to that area of the body.
Learn About the Multiple Forms of Paralysis
Partial paralysis is when a person can still have sensations or certain muscle movements without having complete control of that particular body part. Complete paralysis results in the complete and total loss of control of the body part experiencing the paralysis.
Localized paralysis can occur in very specific areas of the body, such as the face, hands, feet, etc. Temporary paralysis is exactly what it sounds like, as is permanent paralysis. Generalized paralysis occurs when entire areas of the body are paralyzed.
Paraplegia is when a person suffers the loss of the lower half of their body. Quadriplegia is what happens when a person loses the use of both their lower and upper halves of their body.
Another form of generalized paralysis can be paralysis in only one arm or only one leg, which is known as monoplegia. Another form of generalized paralysis is hemiplegia. Hemiplegia is when one side, meaning both an arm and a leg from the same side of the body, are paralyzed.
Paralysis can also occur in a way that affects the muscles directly. Flaccid paralysis causes the muscles to shrink and become extremely weak. While spastic paralysis causes the muscles to tighten and convulse or twitch uncontrollably.
Typical Paralysis-Inducing Activities and Accidents
Spinal cord injuries and brain injuries are among the most common causes of paralysis. These often take place after a car accident or some sort of severe physical trauma to the body. Oftentimes, paralysis can occur after a work-related incident.
Sports or recreational accidents and injuries often cause some form of paralysis. Being hit in the head with a ball, or being injured through blunt force trauma will always have a severe effect on the body. Paralysis has been known to be one of these severe effects. Though the paralysis is not always permanent, it can result in lasting damage.
Slip and fall accidents are also big causes of paralysis, depending on the trauma inflicted on the brain or spine. Acts of violence may also have a severe and lasting effect on the brain or spine, leading to a form of paralysis. Whatever the injury is, it is important to consult with a doctor and a lawyer to see how you can be made whole.
Treatment Options Available for Paralysis Injuries
Depending on the severity of the paralysis and how long the paralysis has been in effect, there can be several avenues to relief that a person may take. The first being surgery. Surgery as a result of paralysis is very complicated and most often occurs in the brain or spine. This requires highly trained and specialized surgeons to repair the channels that the brain and paralyzed portion of the body use to communicate. It is a very risky and an extremely difficult surgery to perform.
Another method of treatment is physical therapy or occupational therapy, as well as aides for mobility. Wheelchairs, crutches, and/or braces are often utilized by those suffering from paralysis in an attempt to better move around. People also resort to pain management in order to maintain their quality of life and deal with the pain they may feel as a result of the paralysis. However, the most drastic method of treatment can be a complete amputation. This is commonly a last resort and only happens if the affected part of the body is starting to negatively affect the rest of the body.
What Impact can Permanent Paralysis Have on Your Life?
Paralysis can lead to a seemingly insurmountable amount of medical expenses. There is also an extreme amount of emotional distress that comes along with paralysis on both the person suffering from the paralysis and those close to that person. There may be a loss of wages and benefits and other losses related to the paralysis that may not be readily quantified in terms of financial compensation.
Particular Complications That May Arise When Filing an Injury Claim for Paralysis
A paralyzing injury can complicate a worker’s compensation claim or an injury claim because the person suffering from the injury may never be able to return to work as a result. Paralysis may complicate the claim in terms of suing the right party to receive damages, as the defendant or negligent party will often want to determine and seek to show if you were at fault in any way. If they are able to prove this, your damages may be diminished significantly, if not ruled out entirely. The right personal injury attorney will sue the right parties and anticipate any and all defenses that may be used to prevent you from recovering just compensation.
Consult a Knowledgeable New Jersey Paralysis Attorney if You Have Suffered Quadriplegia or Paraplegia
It can be very difficult to determine what financial compensation is warranted in complicated paralysis cases; however, our determined personal injury lawyers can fight for what is financially needed in order for your quality of life to be restored. We understand that nothing can change or return your life to normal, but those responsible for your paralysis can be held accountable under the law.
Our lawyers will zealously work to obtain compensation for you or your loved one who has been paralyzed in an accident in Holmdel, Lacey, Point Pleasant, Jackson, Sea Girt, Toms River, Stafford, Ocean Township, and towns throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 303-7857 to talk to a member of our team about your case free of charge.