Catastrophic injuries can mean that an accident victim spends the rest of his or her life requiring medical care and treatment. Severe spinal cord damage is one of the most common types of catastrophic injuries. It frequently leads to partial or total paralysis. It is very expensive to care for paralysis over the remainder of an accident victim's life. The initial costs may be more than $800,000, with an annual cost of more than $100,000 thereafter. This is not a sum that most people can bear easily by themselves. If you suffer paralysis due to an accident in Dallas or elsewhere in the region, the injury attorneys at Feizy Law Office may be able to help you pursue compensation for these costs.Asserting the Right to Compensation for Paralysis
Paralysis can be generalized or localized to a specific group of nerves or body parts. For example, with paraplegia, both legs and the pelvis are paralyzed. With quadriplegia, both arms and legs are paralyzed. Sometimes paralysis is irreversible, and there may be additional complications such as bedsores, urinary incontinence, and diminished sex drive or fertility. It can be the result of a surgical error or a traumatic motor vehicle collision.
In most personal injury cases, a paralyzed plaintiff will have to prove the defendant's negligence. This means that he or she will have to show the defendant's duty of care, a breach of duty, actual and proximate causation, and damages. In a car accident, for example, a defendant might breach his or her duty to drive safely by texting while driving or running a stop sign. In the context of medical malpractice, a doctor might breach the standard of care by taking a risk during surgery that a reasonable surgeon practicing in the same geographic region and same specialty would not.
Economic damages, such as medical bills, physical and vocational rehabilitation, out-of-pocket costs, long-term care, and lost income, tend to be substantial in the case of a paralyzed accident victim. However, paralysis can affect different individuals differently. A young person who is hit by a truck and paralyzed for the rest of his or her life may have many years ahead and need substantial care for each of those years. In contrast, a very elderly person who suffers paralysis during surgery may need a greater sum of damages in the immediate aftermath of the procedure.
Noneconomic damages often are also available in paralysis cases. These damages are intangible and tend to vary depending on a jury's assessment of the victim’s injuries. Generally speaking, the more active an accident victim was before an accident, the greater his or her loss of enjoyment will be.Seek Guidance from a Dallas Attorney for Your Negligence Claim
If you have suffered paralysis due to another person's or entity’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be concerned about the immediate and long-term costs. Dallas residents who have been involved in a car accident or another devastating event can consult the lawyers at Feizy Law Office to see whether they may have a viable case. We can fully explore the damages to which you may be entitled. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or contact us via our online form for a free consultation. We also represent injured people in Fort Worth, Garland, Irving, Plano, and Arlington, among other Texas cities.