When a Car or Truck Accident Results in Paralysis
Learn what to do next from the Atlanta lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C.
Car and truck accidents can cause serious injuries to those involved. Some severe vehicle accidents result in paralysis, forever altering the victim’s life. In fact, of the 5.4 million people living with paralysis in the United States, 27 percent were caused by spinal cord injuries.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis can affect the body in many different ways, and can either be temporary or permanent. Paralysis is always a risk in any serious car or truck accident. The different types of paralysis include:
- Localized Paralysis. This type of paralysis typically affects only one part of the body or an extremity (also known as monoplegia), like an arm or a leg. While only a partial paralysis, it can still greatly affect your daily lifestyle, including your job and self-care activities.
- Hemiplegia. This type of paralysis affects one arm and one leg on one side of your body.
- Paraplegia. This type of paralysis affects both of the legs, leaving the victim wheelchair-bound.
- Quadriplegia. This is the most severe form of paralysis. It is a paralysis of the body from the neck down, including both of the legs and the arms.
How Paralysis from a Car or Truck Accident Can Affect a Person’s Life
After being paralyzed in a car or truck accident, a person’s life may drastically change. Even if a car accident victim only experiences partial or localized paralysis, this new state of being can affect every aspect of daily life. Just brushing one’s teeth or trying to perform every day work tasks can become difficult following a paralysis injury.
For those whose job duties require the use of the paralyzed extremities, it can cause a loss of work and wages. Other ways that paralysis can affect a car accident victim can include:
- Loss of work
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages
- Property damage
- Emergency and surgical medical costs
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- In-home nursing care costs
- Counseling costs
- New vocational training
- Pain and suffering
- Legal costs
- Loss of main income/earner
Find Legal Help for Car and Truck Accident Paralysis & Serious Injuries
If you or a loved one were paralyzed in a car or truck accident at the fault or negligence of another party, contact the personal injury lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. Our experienced Atlanta attorneys have handled hundreds of cases and have been recognized as Georgia Super Lawyers. Our team is known for getting results and we’ll work hard to see that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 404-885-9999 for a consultation if you think you have a case against another drive or entity.