Personal Injury Lawsuits for Lifelong Disability

December 23, 2016 — by John Conger
Tags: Personal Injury

A man in a wheelchairSerious accidents can have long-term consequences. This doesn't just mean time in the hospital to mend injuries. Your accident may result in severe injuries that require you to change your lifestyle of your livelihood. These lasting, lifelong disabilities may be physical or mental in nature depending on the circumstances of your case.

Given how grave these matters can be, it's important that you speak with our Stockton personal lawyers. We can help you hold the negligent party accountable given that the challenges ahead in life are immense.

Paralysis After an Accident

Paralysis is one of the most unfortunate examples of lifelong disability after an injury. This could mean nerve damage that impairs your ability to use a limb, or a major spinal cord injury that results in your inability to walk.

Two of the most serious kinds of paralysis are incurable and the result of severe spinal cord injuries:

  • Paraplegia – Paraplegia refers to the loss of sensation and use of the lower extremities. This is typically the result of a spinal cord injury along the lower to middle portion of the spine.

  • Quadriplegia – Quadriplegia refers to the loss of sensation and use of all extremities. This is the result of a spinal cord injury in the cervical spine, which is in the upper back and neck. A person who sustains such an injury will need constant assistance and medical monitoring simply to get through the day.

Loss of Limbs

The loss of a limb can also lead to major issues with a person's life and livelihood. Losing a leg or an arm means changing the way you perform everyday tasks. This can make certain kinds of tasks impossible to perform simply given the physical limitations you face. A prosthetic may be used in some circumstances to help improve day-to-day life, though it will never be able to replace the original limb.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Its Lasting Effects

In addition to injuries that result in paralysis and the loss of a limb, brain injuries can also have a major impact that lasts a lifestyle. Serious head trauma can cause irreparable damage to the brain. These kinds of brain injuries can lead to major problems when it comes to memory, speech and communication, mood, and overall cognition. A person's reflexes, coordination, and muscle control can also be negatively impacted by major brain injuries.

Adjusting to Changes in Your Life and Livelihood

Physical therapy, ongoing medical care, speech therapy, and added work with medical specialists may be necessary after a severe injury. This can be expensive, and it can set aside career plans and other ambitions. Because of this, it's important to have skilled attorneys on your side fighting for you every step of the way.

Learn More About Catastrophic Injury Litigation

For more information about your legal options following a major accident that leaves you disabled or physically impaired, be sure to contact our team of catastrophic injury attorneys today. The team at Shore, McKinley & Conger, LLP will fight for you every step of the way.