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Fighting for Sufferers of Paralysis
When someone suffers an injury as a result of the negligence or recklessness of someone else, the fallout can be debilitating and permanent for the person who has been harmed. There are few instances where this is truer than when someone is paralyzed because of some sort of accident. Those who have suffered this type of permanent injury need to seek the immediate help of New York personal injury lawyers, and below is a brief overview of this issue.
Medical Needs for Sufferers of Paralysis
The medical needs for those who suffer from any type of paralysis are numerous. Initially, the injured person will likely require an extended hospital stay in order to be evaluated, tested and to obtain a prognosis for the extent of the injuries suffered. There are some cases of paralysis where some functions can be regained over time, and others where a person will be confined to a wheelchair and perhaps even a breathing apparatus for the rest of his or her life.
During these extended hospital stays, surgery is also required on a regular basis to alleviate the pressure on the spinal cord injury that led to the paralysis and to correct any physical injuries that remain. In addition, most patients will begin to undergo the extensive therapy that’s needed in order to regain as many functions as possible.
Damages That Could Result from Paralysis
If someone is paralyzed as a result of someone’s negligence and that person decides to file a New York personal injury lawsuit, there are several forms of damages that could be sought in order to be properly compensated for the losses suffered. Below are a few examples:
- Medical costs – People who have been paralyzed, as discussed above, often face a lifetime of medical costs in order to provide them with the care that they need to live as full a life as possible.
- Lost income – Many people who suffer from paralysis will also either not be able to work in the future or will only be able to work in a limited capacity. This would generally lead to lost income, which can be recovered under New York law.
- Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering does not directly deal with any tangible cost, but rather these damages are typically awarded to compensate the plaintiff for a lowered quality of life that results from the incident in question.
Overall, someone who battles paralysis is someone with a tremendous amount of courage and strength. However, this is not a battle that should be fought alone. If you or someone you love has suffered from paralysis as a result of someone else’s actions, contact the New York personal injury lawyers at Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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