Losing the movement of one or more limbs after an accident or illness is always devastating, and means a total change in lifestyle not just for the accident victim themselves but often also for their partner or family members. Personal injury compensation is often paid to the victim to deal with these major life changes, and also to compensate for their substantial pain and suffering, both physical and mental.
Types of paralysis
Paralysis is caused not by damage to the limbs or muscles themselves, but to the brain, nerves, and spinal cord which control the movement of limbs. This means that both head injuries and spinal injuries can often cause partial or full paralysis. Types of paralysis are classified according to the severity of the condition – monoplegia is where one limb is paralysed, hemiplegia is where one side of the body is paralysed, paraplegia is where both legs are paralysed, and tetraplegia is where all of the limbs are paralysed. Paralysis is commonly caused by car accidents, surgical error, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
How to claim personal injury compensation for paralysis
In order to claim personal injury compensation, it’s important firstly to identify who was responsible for your accident. If you were in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, you will most likely claim compensation from the other driver. If you were injured at work, your employer would usually be considered responsible. If you have been injured in a public place, you may have to claim from the council. If your injury was a result of misdiagnosis or surgical error, your compensation would be claimed from the NHS.
To discuss your situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to help you identify who was to blame for your accident, and will assess the validity of your claim. The amount of compensation you will ultimately receive depends on the severity of your pain and suffering, and the amount of financial losses incurred by your injury. Because paralysis of any kind is a very serious injury, it is likely that your current and future financial losses will be substantial.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard. We have been helping the victims of others’ negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years, on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: December 16, 2013
Author: David Brown