Omaha Paralysis Attorneys
Paralysis After an Accident
Paralysis is a catastrophic and life-altering condition that deeply impacts the victim and family. It is defined as an impairment of voluntary muscle function caused by disease or injury to the brain, nerves, or spinal cord. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a leading causes of paralysis and occurs when the nerves in the spinal canal become damaged or severed. Unfortunately, once spinal cord nerves are damaged, they can't regenerate, and lost functions are lost forever.
If you or a family member suffers from paralysis, you face a difficult and uncertain future. Fortunately, in many cases, compensation is available through filing a personal injury claim. To find out more, contact the experienced attorneys at Cullan & Cullan LLC. Call (402) 397-7600 today for a free case evaluation.
What Are Some Causes of Paralysis?
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the leading causes of paralysis include:
- Stroke (29%)
- Spinal Cord Injury (23%)
- Multiple Sclerosis (17%)
- Other (9%)
- Cerebral Palsy (7%)
- Post-Polio Syndrome (5%)
- Neurofibromatosis (4%)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (4%)
- Birth Injuries (2%)
Though some of these causes relate to a specific illness, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and even stroke (though rarely) are caused by external trauma. External forces that can lead to an injury that causes paralysis include:
- Motor-Vehicle Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Natural Disasters
- Boating Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Plane Accidents
- Birth Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective Products
According to a research study by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, approximately one in 50 people living in the U.S. suffers from some form of paralysis, either partial or complete. This amounts to about six million people, the same number as the combined populations of Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, there are approximately one in 50 people living with paralysis in the U.S.
Living with Paralysis
Paralysis is a devastating condition that can turn the lives of the victim and his or her family upside down. Extensive medical treatment will likely be required, as well as major physical therapy and other expensive care. Victims may need to use a wheelchair or other assistive devices for the rest of their lives. Furthermore, they may have to seek a new career or be unable to work altogether. In addition to the physical and financial hardships faced by the victim, paralysis can cause severe emotional trauma for all involved. An experienced Nebraska paralysis lawyer can help relieve some of this burden.
Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury
If another party’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional actions contributed to the injury that resulted in paralysis, a personal injury lawsuit can help recover compensation for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the injury
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental duress
- Costs of psychological therapy
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Loss of future income (this is not only for the victim, but also a family member who has to quit his/her job to care for the victim)
- Lost wages from missed work (this applies to the victim, as well as a loved who has to miss work to take the victim to doctor’s appointments or surgeries)
- Costs of in-home care
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate the victim (wheelchair ramps and lifts, respirators, steering wheel controls, etc.)
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Loss of household services the victim performed (childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, etc.)
Speak with an Omaha Paralysis Attorney Today
The dedicated Omaha catastrophic injury attorneys of Cullan & Cullan LLC can help paralysis sufferers and their families navigate a difficult future by representing them in a personal injury lawsuit. Being both lawyers and physicians, Joseph Cullan and Patrick Cullan understand the effects paralysis has on the body and on daily life. Call today at (402) 397-7600 to learn more about your legal rights and options. At Cullan & Cullan LLC, you pay no retainer fees, upfront costs, or out-of-pocket expenses. We only get paid if we win your case.
- Cullan & Cullan LLC Wins $19.6 Million for Victim of Truck Crash with Spinal Cord Damage
- Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- Paralysis Info from MedlinePlus
Call Today for a Free Consultation
We are here to help you obtain compensation from those responsible so that you can focus on healing, rehabilitation, and getting your feet back on the ground. For more information about how the lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC can assist in protecting your rights, please call (402) 397-7600 today for a free case evaluation.
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