The Pfeifer Law Firm is experienced in handling many types of injury cases including spinal cord injuries and paralysis. These types of cases require the attention of a personal injury attorney because they are so complex. Understanding your rights and knowing how much your case may be worth for a fair settlement is important. Insurance companies have experienced attorneys on their side working as soon as a serious personal injury occurs, so having an experienced injury lawyer on your side working on your behalf to secure crucial information is in your best interest. There are many details that need to be explored before a paralysis case can be properly evaluated. Having an attorney on your side will ensure that all avenues of compensation are investigated and explored before settlement. The Pfeifer Law Firm is a Little Rock personal injury firm who has experience in handling paralysis injury cases and is here to answer any questions you or a family member may have. When you call you will speak directly with an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Weekend and after-hour consultations are available by appointment. The call is free, and you won’t owe us anything unless we recover money for you. An attorney can be reached at 501-374-4440 or contact us online.
Catastrophic injuries that result in spinal cord injury and paralysis can be devastating and life changing. Victims of paralysis injuries face enormous expenses to cover the costs of hospitalization, treatment, and daily care that is often required. An experienced Arkansas attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve to help cope with such expenses.
Paralysis is the loss of function of one or more muscle groups that occurs when the brain cannot transmit messages to one or more parts of the body because of damage to the nerves or the spinal cord. This can result in loss of muscle control and loss of feeling in the affected limbs. There are several ways that paralysis can affect the body. Types of paralysis include:
- localized paralysis: when only one part of the body is affected
- global paralysis: when weakness affects many parts throughout the body
- hemiplegia: when weakness occurs on one side of the body
- paraplegia: paralysis of lower body and both legs
- quadriplegia: paralysis of all four limbs
Whole or partial paralysis is caused by damage to the spinal cord or nerves of the body. This damage can occur in multiple ways including stroke, as the result of a disease such as polio, or disorders like multiple sclerosis or spina bifida, or from traumatic spinal cord injury. Injuries resulting in paralysis occur when there is significant impact to the spine which causes individual vertebrae to dislocate or fracture, causing injury to the spinal cord nerves. Serious spinal cord injuries often result from:
- car and motorcycle accidents
- truck accidents
- swimming pool accidents
- falls from a height
- industrial and workplace accidents
- improper or negligent medical care
- construction accidents
Auto, motorcycle, and truck accidents can be caused by negligent drivers as well as product defects in cars or safety equipment like seatbelts. Workplace and industrial accidents can be caused by failure to comply with safety regulations as well as product malfunction or defect. Medical negligence and malpractice can cause damage to nerves resulting from failure to diagnose or provide proper treatment for back and neck injuries, emergency room or surgical error, and birth injuries.
Injuries to the spinal cord are very serious and often require intensive treatments including hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or rehabilitation. If the paralysis is long lasting, these treatments may go on for many years, or for the rest of the patient's life. When a victim is paralyzed, they face many changes in every aspect of life and must adjust to life with a permanent disability. The mental and physical demands of adjusting to a new way of life can be challenging. The injured person may require constant help to do the most basic everyday things like eating, bathing, and dressing. They require specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, and modifications to their homes and vehicles to accommodate their new needs. Many require in-home care of nurses or others to assist them with even the most basic of functions. Families of victims face these challenges and life changes as well, and many suffer the loss of income and financial stability if the victim was the primary wage-earner of the household.
All of these financial considerations weigh heavily on victims of accidents resulting in paralysis. If the accident was caused by an automobile crash, the insurance compensation will almost certainly not be enough to cover all the costs related to treatments and to the lifetime of care that the victim will require. For this reason, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Arkansas paralysis attorney to explore all avenues of compensation that may be available to you. Sometimes there is insurance coverage available that you are unaware exists. If the accident was due to defects in the automobile or the negligence of others, victims can recover compensation with the help of an accident attorney who is experienced in these matters.
If the injury was the result of a work-related accident that occurred through negligence or unsafe working conditions, you may need the help of an attorney to gain access to disability income or workers’ compensation that they deserve. Also, work-related accidents are often caused by defective machinery that may allow recovery from the manufacturer of the defective equipment under Arkansas product liability laws.
Paralysis injury due to medical malpractice and negligence requires an attorney skilled in these matters who can help the victim get the compensation required to pay for medical expenses and living expenses. Doctors have malpractice insurance attorneys working on their side, so it is in your best interest to have any attorney on your side who is experienced with dealing with these insurance companies.
While monetary compensation can never restore the paralysis victim to health or return them to their normal life as it was before the accident, it can ease the burden on victims and their families as they struggle to adjust to the new challenges of their lives. An aggressive attorney who handles accident cases is the best way to ensure that proper and fair compensation is paid to paralysis victims. The Pfeifer Law Firm can help you receive just compensation for injuries you may have suffered because of someone else’s negligence.
Call us today at 501-374-4440 or contact us online for a free consultation. After-hours and weekend appointments are available. When you call The Pfeifer Law Firm, you will speak directly with an experienced paralysis attorney who will answer any questions you may have.