Spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis
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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

Any type of injury can seriously affect your life. However, there are few injuries more serious than paralysis. Paralysis, whether temporary or permanent, can not only affect your ability to work and earn a living, but it can completely change your life. Paralysis victims are typically unable to participate in the activities they once enjoyed, interact with their families fully, and live their lives to the fullest. In this article, we discuss what to do following paralysis. 

Causes of Paralysis

Paralysis can have many causes, most of which involve damage to the nerves that either eliminates or limits the ability of the brain to communicate with the parts of the body that exist below the nerve damage. Common causes of paralysis include illnesses, drug reactions, strokes, and traumatic accidents. 

In the case of damage to the spinal cord, this results in the loss of the nerves’ ability to send signals to the area below the injury. When this happens, the brain loses its ability to signal the limbs to move, and the loss of feeling is also common. 

Types of Paralysis

Partial paralysis

Partial paralysis encompasses a variety of conditions that may result from a spinal cord injury or other issue. Partial paralysis symptoms vary from case to case, but they typically involve the inability to walk, the loss of the ability to use one or both legs or feet, the loss of sexual function, the loss of feeling below the injury site, and the loss of bladder control.

Total paralysis

Total paralysis is the total loss of the ability to move any limbs below the shoulders. This condition often results from a spinal cord injury occurring at the neck. In addition to the above partial paralysis symptoms, total paralysis victims may suffer from phantom pain below the injury, may need assistance eating or breathing, and may suffer a complete loss of sensation.

Liability for Paralysis Injuries

In New York, depending on the circumstances, there may be one or more parties liable for a paralysis injury. For example, a paralysis injury suffered on the job may result in liability for the employer, property owner, or other third party. In addition, under New York’s comparative negligence law, if you’ve suffered a paralysis injury in New York, you are eligible for financial compensation even if you are partially responsible for causing the injury. 

If You’ve Suffered From a Paralysis Injury, Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys

If you’ve suffered a paralysis injury in Long Island, New York, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At the esteemed law firm of Dell & Dean, PLLC, we are here to help you obtain financial compensation for your injury. When you contact us for help following a paralysis injury, we will review the facts of your case, formulate a legal strategy, and aggressively seek compensation on your behalf. Please contact us as soon as you can to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer

Dell & Dean, PLLC handles claims throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island as well as the boroughs of New York City, and the surrounding areas.

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.