None of us ever expect to be involved in an accident where we could end up being paralysed. However, some people find themselves in this exact position at some point. This could result from an accident or injury that causes damage to the spinal cord. Injuries causing paralysis might put someone in a wheelchair with paralysis from the waist down. Sometimes the paralysis may occur from the neck down if the injury causes even more significant damage to the spinal cord.
The individual would clearly have to make significant changes to their life if they were injured in this way. The equipment needed for them to resume their life could be expensive and they may also need regular assistance to ensure they were able to get through the day. The amount needed may depend on the severity of their injury.
How might such an injury occur?
There are all kinds of ways things like this can happen, some of which are pure accidents. For example if you decided to jump off a cliff into the sea you would know it was dangerous to do. You wouldn’t be able to see what was underneath the water and that could result in a serious injury.
There are situations where you might end up suffering injuries causing paralysis simply because of something someone else does (or conversely, does not do). For instance you could be driving your car and someone else might be speeding and run through a red light, hitting your vehicle in the process. You might then suffer injuries that are bad enough to incur some degree of paralysis.
Could you get compensation if this happened to you?
Every situation is different. The amount of compensation you might win depends on the nature of your accident, how it was caused and the severity of it. With so many different elements involved, it makes sense to consult a professional in this area to work out whether you would be entitled to compensation. Getting proof that someone else was negligent is vital, as this will be the number one priority in assessing whether you have a right to claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has been assisting people in similar situations for many years. We may be in a position to help you as well. If you contact us on 0800 689 0500 we can find out more.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead