The costs and losses faced by an individual with a paralysis injury will vary depending on many factors, including the severity of the injury and the victim’s age. For instance, the injury may be either complete (no sensation or movement) or incomplete (some degree of sensation and/or movement). The victim may be near retirement or just embarking on his or her working life.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) provides estimates of lifetime costs associated with serious spinal cord injuries. These estimates may be helpful to those who are just now starting to get a grasp of the costs of a paralysis injury that has impacted their lives.
Even though each case is unique, expenses that paralysis victims typically face include:
- Emergency care
- Diagnostic tests
- Ongoing medical assessment
- Rehabilitation therapy, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy
- Nutritional evaluation and planning
- Psychological therapy
- Family counseling
- Adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, special beds, transfer boards, powered lifts and shower chairs
- Adapted automobile (van)
- Modified computer and other personal devices
- Maintenance, repair and replacement of adaptive devices
- Attendant care, housekeeping and case management services
- Nursing services
- Architectural renovations to the home.
Beyond medical care and treatment, there are other costs and losses that must be considered. For instance, a paralysis victim may be unable to return to a previous job or unable to work at all. The victim may also experience physical pain and suffering as well as anxiety and depression.
Our Attorneys Seek Compensation for Paralysis Victims
At Powers & Santola, LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience with assisting paralysis victims and their families in recovering losses caused by the negligence of others.
As a result of our work in these and other cases, our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in America as one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in the country.
We thoroughly investigate each case we handle. In addition to analyzing why paralysis injuries occur and who should be held responsible, we focus on determining the costs that should be sought in any recovery.
In doing so, we consult with highly qualified medical experts, life care planners, vocational rehabilitation experts, economists and others who can help us to get a complete picture of what our clients need and deserve.
To learn how we can assist you in seeking a full recovery for your losses after an accident has caused you or a loved one to suffer paralysis, contact us today. You can reach us by phone or through our online form.
We serve clients throughout Albany and Syracuse and across New York State. We do not charge for our initial consultations.