Paralysis is perhaps the most life-altering of all injuries a person could suffer. Loss of muscle control and sensation in the limbs with this debilitating condition presents extreme challenges to moving forward in life. In addition to the drastic impact it can have on your enjoyment of life, paralysis can mean a lifetime of care and a serious drain on financial resources.
If your accident and injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not have to shoulder the burden of the costs. Our Houston personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Willie D. Powells III and Associates, PLLC can provide the legal representation you need to aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your losses.
What Is Paralysis?
Paralysis can be defined as a loss of strength and control over a group of muscles in a part of the body. In most cases, it is not a problem with the muscles, but rather with the signals from the brain to the body and back through the nerve cells. Paralysis can be partial, when some muscle control remains, or complete, when you are unable to move your muscles at all.
Types of Paralysis
The types of paralysis are defined according to what portion of the body is paralyzed:
- Monoplegia affects one limb only, such as an arm or a leg.
- Hemiplegia affects only one side of the body.
- Diplegia affects the same limb or area on both sides of the body.
- Paraplegia affects both legs and parts of the trunk in some cases.
- Quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia) affects both arms, both legs, and in some cases, everything from the neck down, including the heart, lungs, and other organs.
Recovering Compensation for Paralysis
If you have been paralyzed through the fault of another, you are entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Typically, personal injury claims must be filed with the court within two years of the date of the accident that caused the injuries. Damages to seek in a claim for compensation may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of equipment or home and vehicle modifications
- Punitive damages (designed to punish the defendant) in some cases
Why Choose Us to Handle Your Personal Injury Claim for Paralysis?
Most of our clients at The Law Offices of Willie D. Powells III and Associates, PLLC come from personal referrals. Willie is different – not your average attorney. To us, you are not just another number, and we will treat you as an individual and give your case the care and attention it deserves.