Paralysis is devastating. Not only for the person suffering the paralysis, but also for their loved ones. If you have suffered an injury that has left you paralysed and someone else’s negligence is to blame, you are entitled to make a paralysis injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in starting this process.
What is paralysis?
The term paralysis covers injuries that are characterised by a loss of muscle function in one or more muscles. As well as not being able to move the affected area, the injury can cause a loss of sensation or numbness. The most common cause of paralysis is damage to the nervous system or spinal cord. Though peripheral nerves are capable of repair, damage to the spinal cord is most often permanent.
Damage to the nervous system can be caused by the following:
- Head injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- A stroke.
- Multiple sclerosis.
There are also varying degrees of paralysis. These are:
- Monoplegia – the paralysis of a single limb.
- Hemiplegia – the paralysis of both limbs on a single side of the body.
- Paraplegia – the paralysis of both legs (can also include the pelvis and some of the lower body).
- Tetraplegia – the paralysis of the arms and legs (also called quadriplegia).
When considering a paralysis injury claim, the degree of paralysis suffered by the victim will have a direct impact on the amount of compensation awarded. The more severe the injury and level of paralysis, the more care and equipment will be needed.
Making your paralysis injury claim
Money cannot give you back your life before the accident. It cannot undo your paralysis. What it can do, is try and lighten the burden caused by your paralysis injury. A compensation claim can help cover the costs of alterations that will need to be made to your home. It can also help pay for a new car that will accommodate a wheelchair, or a car with an automatic transmission. It will recover the money spent on medical treatment and can pay for any therapy and costs of future care. Finally, it will pay for loss of earnings and compensate you for any pain and suffering.
Given the impact that a paralysis injury has on your life, it is important that you choose the right solicitor to take on your compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline has a free, 24-hour legal helpline with professional advisers who will explain the claims process to you and find the right lawyer for your case.
Call us on 0800 180 4 123 now. Our adviser will ask you a few questions and get to know your unique case before referring you to a specialist solicitor. You will not have to worry about the cost of starting your claim either. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis.
If you want an idea of what your paralysis injury claim could be worth, you can try our quick test at the top of the page. It will only take 30 seconds to complete.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown