Paralysis is defined as the inability to move or feel one, or many, body parts. Usually caused by injuries to the spine, paralysis is one of the principal risks of serious accidents like car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
Paralysis is an extremely serious condition, and has the potential to change the injured party’s life and the lives of their family in many different ways. However, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury leading to paralysis as the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages, through a catastrophic injury claim.
Of course, the fact that paralysis can often be a lifelong challenge makes it all the more important to retain an experienced attorney when filing a third-party paralysis claim. It is critical that you obtain an accurate picture of your lost earnings and future lost earnings (a complex matter at the best of times), as well as your current and projected future medical expenses.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we have extensive experience helping clients who have been paralyzed in accidents caused by the reckless or negligent actions of other parties to recover full and fair compensation for their damages in towns throughout New Jersey.
Get in touch with our team to speak with a Bloomfield paralysis injury lawyer today.
Types of Paralysis
Our Bloomfield attorneys understand the seriousness of injuries causing paralysis. Paralysis can be long-lasting, if not permanent, and often times requires extended medical attention. It can also lead to difficulties navigating everyday life and, in some cases, constant care taking for the victims.
One of the first steps in securing compensation for an accident resulting in paralysis is to fully identify the type of paralysis you have suffered:
- Partial Paralysis – many people experience partial paralysis, which can involve some muscle movement and sensation and/or feel cold and heat without having total sensation or control over a body part
- Complete Paralysis – this is the case when there is a total loss of muscle control and sensation in the affected body parts
- Localized Paralysis – when a specific body part is affected such as the face, hands, etc.
- Generalized Paralysis – when full sections of the body are paralyzed such as one limb, a full side of the body, from the waist down, or from the neck down
- Temporary Paralysis – paralysis is often temporary, stemming from physical trauma or symptoms of a stroke or disease such as Bell’s Palsy
- Permanent Paralysis – some serious injuries or conditions can cause permanent paralysis. Examples would be severed spinal cords, stroke, damaged nerves, and diseases that affect the Central Nervous System such as ALS and Multiple Sclerosis
How Can Paralysis Complicate an Injury Claim?
As previously mentioned, paralysis can have severe affects on the life of the injured party, and even on the lives of their family. Where something like a broken leg might leave the injured party unable to work for a month, paralysis may instead result in the inability to return to your previous line of employment, or even work at all.
Additionally, paralysis can necessitate lifelong medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation, and since you can only file your personal injury claim for your injury once, it is critical that you get these numbers right the first time around.
These considerations make calculating medical expense damage, lost income and earning capacity, and even loss of enjoyment of life that much more important, but also complex. By working with a Bloomfield paralysis injury attorney, you will be working with highly knowledgeable financial and medical professionals who can expertly assess your unique case, and determine exactly how much you and your family deserves in order to fully compensate these long-term losses.
Recovering Compensation for Paralysis
Depending on the type of accident you were involved in, the process for recovering compensation can change somewhat.
For example, if your paralysis was the result of any kind of motor vehicle accident, you may first turn to your own insurance provider for compensation, and only file a personal injury claim should your own coverage prove insufficient.
On the other hand, if your paralysis was the result of a poorly maintained or dangerous property, you would most likely instead file a premises liability claim against the property owner.
There may even be situations where multiple parties are liable for your injuries, or situations where you may be partially responsible for your accident, complicating your claim through comparative negligence laws.
Speak with our knowledgeable Bloomfield attorneys today to gain a clearer understanding of your options when it comes to holding the responsible parties liable for your paralysis.
Reach Out to a Bloomfield Paralysis Injury Attorney
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have over 50 years of experience helping families throughout New Jersey to recover financial compensation in the event of an injury leading to paralysis.
Our firm believes in providing individual and collaborative legal service to all of our clients. The more informed and involved you are in your case, the better we can secure you the compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a title handed out to only 2% of practicing attorneys in NJ, our personal injury team has already secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including verdicts in both the New Jersey Supreme Court and appellate division.
To speak with a Bloomfield paralysis injury lawyer, call our firm today.