Our automobile accident attorneys are committed to assisting accident victims across South Florida. We understand the extent to which a major car accident victim can impact your life. This is especially true of devastating back injuries, which can result in lifelong paralysis. Spinal cord injury lawsuits are intended to help accident victims receive compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.
Paraplegia is defined as the loss of sensation and use of the lower extremities. When a person suffers from paraplegia, he or she may be unable to walk and could find it difficult or impossible to turn at the waist. The severity of the injury will depend upon the nature of the spinal cord injury, as well as the location of the injury. Injuries to higher parts of the spinal cord will generally result in more widespread paralysis.
Common Causes of Paraplegia
Some of the most common causes of paraplegia include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle or pedestrian accidents
- Sports injuries
- Serious slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical mistakes
Car accidents are the leading cause of paraplegia and other serious spinal cord injuries. Side impact and head on crashes involve such force that the spinal cord is vulnerable to extreme injury.
Paraplegia and Your Career
Paraplegia can have a major impact on your career and earning potential. If you were involved in a physical occupation that required the use of your legs and required full mobility, you may no longer be able to participate in this career. Your future earning potential may be severely affected by this. You may need to change careers and the career you find which can accommodate your injuries may come with lower pay or less upward mobility.
Paraplegia and Quality of Life
In addition to impacting your career, paraplegia can result in major changes to your quality of life or ability to enjoy your life. Once active men and women may be confined to a wheel chair and require assistance performing tasks that they previously took for granted. Transportation options can be limited and present challenges in simply getting around. Paraplegics may require an aid or other individual who can assist with daily living tasks that they find difficult given their injuries.
These changes to your lifestyle can have a negative impact on your emotional and psychological state. This makes it especially important for accident victims to seek compensation for all of their losses stemming from their injuries, which may include emotional and psychological damages. Paraplegic accident victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for their injuries, filing to receive coverage for their medical expenses, long term medical costs, rehabilitation, loss of wages and earning potential, and more.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Over 130 Years of Collective Experience
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or other traffic accident in South Florida, the Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are here to help. Our exceptional firm offers over 130 collective years of experience representing car accident victims across South Florida. Our dedicated lawyer staff provides legal representation of unmatched excellence, evidenced by our array of awards. We received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and are ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.