Paraplegia is paralysis that affects the legs and, in some cases, the trunk. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that 126,000 people in the U.S. suffer from paraplegia due to spinal cord injury.
Motor vehicle crashes, workplace accidents and medical malpractice can all cause spinal cord injuries that lead to paraplegia. If you are dealing with paraplegia due to a job-related event or the negligence of another, you may be able to obtain funds that will pay for your medical expenses and compensate you for your lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, we assist those who have been injured in accidents in Albany, Syracuse and across New York State. Our firm’s work on behalf of our clients has been recognized by U.S. News, Best Lawyers in America and other publications. We can use our experience and resources to help you. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
A Closer Look at Paraplegia
Paralysis impacts the area of the body below the point of a spinal cord injury. With paraplegia, the injury typically occurs in the thoracic (between neck and abdomen), lumbar (lower back) or sacral (hip and pelvis) areas of the spinal cord.
Paraplegia due to spinal cord injury may be complete (all sensation and mobility is lost) or incomplete (some feeling or ability to move is retained). Those with incomplete paralysis have a better chance of regaining some or all of their motor or sensory functions through physical therapy than those with complete injuries.
In addition to loss of movement or sensation, a paraplegia victim may suffer:
- Chronic pain
- Low blood pressure
- Reduced control of body temperature
- Dysfunction of the bowel and bladder
- Sexual dysfunction.
Even though spinal cord damage cannot be reversed, doctors can take steps to prevent further damage. Therapists can also help a paraplegic to live as full of a life as possible and focus on levels of activity that can be achieved.
A paraplegic typically will face lengthy hospitalization to stabilize the injury and rigorous therapy to build strength and adapt to a new life. He or she may need medication to control pain, muscle spasticity and bladder and bowel functions. A wheelchair will be required.
A person living with paraplegia may also face obstacles to a fulfilling professional and social life, including the ability to marry and have a family. Even among those who were married at the time of their spinal cord injury, the likelihood of the marriage remaining intact is slightly lower when compared to the general population, the NSCISC states.
We Pursue Compensation for Paraplegia Injuries
If your paraplegia injury occurred at a jobsite or resulted from the negligence of another person or company, you should not have to deal with the above consequences on your own.
The lawyers of Powers & Santola want to help. We can investigate what caused your accident and carefully analyze your losses, including all past and future medical care and treatment.
We have extensive experience with assisting paraplegia and other spinal cord injury victims in a wide variety of cases, including:
- Workplace accidents – We secured a $4 million recovery for a 69-year-old construction worker who suffered paralysis due to an injury that occurred while he was renovating a commercial building.
- Medical malpractice – We obtained a $2.1 million recovery in a case in which our client suffered permanent loss of sensation in both of his legs due to a delayed diagnosis that caused severe compression of his spinal cord.
- Auto accidents – We achieved a $4.5 million recovery for an 18-year-old boy who suffered paraplegia in a crash due to a “lap-only” style seatbelt that Chrysler had installed as standard backseat equipment in its pre-1989 vehicles.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury that has resulted in paraplegia, we will work hard to pursue just compensation for you. We serve clients in Albany, Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York. To learn more, contact us by phone or through our online form. We do not charge for initial consultations.