No one would want to make a paralysis claim, for in doing so, they are acknowledging they have suffered some degree of paralysis, perhaps in an accident. Yet some people end up in this situation, perhaps because of an accident they were involved in. Perhaps this has happened to you, and you know how you develop paralysis because you have been through this exact situation.
It is impossible to imagine how this might affect you, and how much your life might change if it does. Of course, you may already know how you would feel, because you could be in that situation now. Describing this situation is very difficult, even for those who are involved and have experienced it, because no one ever expects it will happen to them. Additionally, any form of paralysis will change your life in many ways, and it will take a long time to adapt to the changes you are forced to undergo.
The symptoms of paralysis involve a loss of feeling in one or more parts of the body, depending on where the injury has occurred. Spinal and neck injuries can lead to paralysis, for example. A weakness affecting one side of the body may occur, or in your arms or legs. You may lose coordination, and in some cases, unconsciousness may happen too.
Paralysis can be partial or total, i.e. you may still have some degree of feeling or nothing at all. The location where the injury has been sustained will usually determine the degree of paralysis too, as in which parts of the body are affected. The lower down the spine the injury is, the more movement you will be left with, as you may already know. Some people may lose the use of their legs but still be able to move everything above the waist. Others may be quadriplegic, which means they cannot move their arms or their legs.
Treating injuries that cause paralysis
Urgent medical advice should be sought in all cases involving paralysis. Treating paralysis will involve assessing whether the paralysis is temporary or permanent. Sometimes, swelling following an injury can cause temporary paralysis, for example, so by treating this, feeling may return. Permanent paralysis cannot be cured at present.
The long-term effects of paralysis will involve coming to terms with the condition and finding ways to continue with life while bearing in mind the extent of the paralysis. This may not simply involve practical help – emotional help and perhaps counselling, too, can also help someone come to terms with their situation.
A paralysis claim can sometimes be lodged by someone who has suffered some sort of paralysis. In this situation, it does not matter how severe the paralysis is, or whether there is any chance of a full recovery. The most important element to consider is whether someone was responsible for the accident that led to the paralysis occurring.
Negligence causes accidents
For example, imagine you were working on scaffolding and you did not have appropriate safety equipment because your employer had failed to provide it for you. Perhaps the scaffolding itself had not been constructed by someone with appropriate training. If you fell and injured yourself, and sustained paralysis and other injuries, you might be able to make a paralysis claim against the negligent party.
You will have a three-year window in which to lodge a paralysis claim should you wish to do so. It is highly advisable to contact a lawyer who has dealt with similar cases before, because they will have the required experience to assess the chances of making a successful claim. They can also guide you through what will happen and when, and perhaps give you an idea of the amount of compensation you may potentially receive if your case succeeds.
As you can imagine, suffering from paralysis is a life-changing experience. You may require ongoing care, or specialist equipment to help you get around. If so, you can think about whether financial help in the shape of a claim award could help you do that.
Were you paralysed in an accident and wish to make a paralysis claim?
If you are in a situation where claiming for paralysis has become a real possibility, ask our experts about making a paralysis claim today. You don’t need to fret over the cost of making a claim for paralysis, because every single one of our personal injury lawyers operates on a no-win, no-fee basis with their clients. At a time when your life is almost certainly in flux anyway, the last thing you need is to worry about financial losses. That’s why our lawyers will handle your paralysis claim on this basis. It will help settle your mind so you can press ahead with the claim that could potentially result in a good compensation award being issued to you soon.
So, all you need to do to begin the process is to ring our team on 0800 689 0500. This means you can speak with an advisor at Accident Advice Helpline – someone who will listen to your case and provide the no-obligation advice you deserve. If you’re ringing from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993 to get through to the same team. Never forget we are here to help, and your first call could lead to a compensation claim being made by us on your behalf, making life easier for you in the future, too.
Date Published: 13th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen