Car accidents occur every day and can result in serious injuries in certain cases. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it is estimated that over 15,000 automobile accidents happen every single day.
Paralysis, either total or partial, can result from a serious accident. These injuries rob you of your ability to live as you did before and can greatly limit what you can do for yourself. If you or someone you love has suffered from total or partial paralysis as the result of a car accident, and that accident is someone else's fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
An experienced Clark County personal injury attorney at the Posner Law Office, P.C. can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis is a medical condition in which an individual loses muscle function and sensation in part of his or her body. Paralysis can affect small portions of your body, or entire hemispheres of it. Common types of paralysis include:
- Paraplegia: paralysis that affects both legs and the lower half of the body, typically at and below the waist.
- Quadriplegia: paralysis that affects both the arms and legs, typically occurring from the neck and below.
- Hemiplegia: paralysis that affects either the left or right half of the body. For example, you may lose sensation and function in your left side, affecting your arm, leg, and face on that half of your body.
How Can a Car Accident Cause Paralysis?
Car accidents put an incredible amount of force and strain on the body. Sudden back and forth motions associated with automobile accidents can cause whiplash, traumatic brain injury, and fracturing of the spine. Severe blows to the head can cause paralysis throughout your body.
The most typical cause of paralysis is damage to the spinal cord. These injuries typically occur when the ligaments, vertebrae, or disks in you spinal column (backbone) are damaged. The extreme force of an impact can cause:
- Fractured vertebrae
- Dislocated vertebrae
- Spinal cord compressions
- Cutting or tearing of the spinal cord
Each of these injuries is severe, and can have long-lasting impacts on your life.
How Will This Affect My Life?
For many people, paralysis becomes a permanent obstacle in their life after a motor vehicle accident. There may be significant limitations to your ability to:
- Participate in physical relationships,
- Clean yourself,
- Work, or
- Participate in other basic daily functions.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
It is hard to know what each limitation may be, but if another driver's negligence caused the accident, you may be entitled to relief. An experienced Washington attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit, which may entitle you to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Damage to your vehicle or other property
- Loss of consortium with your spouse
- Punitive damages (in certain circumstances)
Quinn Posner is an experienced personal injury attorney who has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in numerous cases throughout the state of Washington. He can put those years of experience to work for you.
He represents clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.