When you are injured in a car accident, the risks are extremely prevalent – including those to the spinal column. Spinal cord injuries are caused by direct trauma to the spinal cord, interrupting the flow of electrical information from the brain to wherever the nerves flow. These injuries are extremely serious because they can prevent motor signals from reaching the muscles, which can result in paralysis. There are about 12,000 new cases of spinal injuries every year, showing how huge the risk is. Motor vehicle accidents account for 36.6% of these injuries.
When a Patient Suffers Permanent Paralysis
Permanent paralysis victims will add many expenses to a patient’s life. They may find themselves in a situation where they are forced to endure extended hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive physical therapy. Added expenses in their lives may include regular doctor’s visits, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, personal assistance in their lives, and so much more. They may feel intense emotions as well as their friends and family as they learn to cope with these changes, causing emotional injury at times. On top of it all, many of these paralysis victims will not return to the jobs they once held, which will prevent them from bringing home wages to their family.
Permanent injuries cause long-term disability and are considered to be some of the most serious cases in the eyes of the court. This is why it is sometimes extremely difficult for judges to determine pain and suffering compensation. Often times, the courts will use a multiple of 1-5 times your actual damages to come up with an amount based on the evidence they see as well as negligent factors. If you have been injured in a car accident and sustained a life-changing personal injury that caused you to become paralyzed, you have a case. Call us today for more information on how we can help you.