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Some of the most life-altering injuries are those involving paralysis. But when someone else is responsible for such a traumatic injury, you may have the right to compensation for your suffering.
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Navigating the claims process can be notoriously complex if you or a loved one are paralyzed after an accident. Ensure you have a legal professional who can effectively negotiate for everything you deserve and fight for maximum compensation. If you or a loved one have been paralyzed in Atlanta, contact the paralysis injury lawyers at The Champion Firm. Call 404-948-4314 for a free, no-risk consultation.
What Our Paralysis Lawyers Can Do for You
We Focus on Client Care. Becoming paralyzed has an enormous effect on your life. That’s why our entire team puts your well-being above everything. From getting proper medical care to addressing legal questions, we’ll handle your concerns efficiently and reliably. At Champion, every client is assigned a dedicated legal team that provides regular updates, quick action, and honest answers.
We Handle the Toughest Paralysis Injuries. When you become paralyzed, there will be many changes in your life. Many accidents can result in paralysis and different levels of paralysis. Liability can be challenging to determine. We have the experience and resources to investigate your case, discover what happened, and assign fault. We’ll fight to ensure the person responsible for your injury is held accountable.
We Pursue the Max & Get Results. Since our founding in 2014, The Champion Firm has recovered more than $100 million in damages for our clients. We are dedicated to getting justice for any paralysis victims. We know what it takes to recover the full and fair value for what someone’s negligence cost you.
We Know a Good Offer but Prepare for Court. Most paralysis cases are resolved in an insurance settlement. However, the other side may not cooperate or negotiate in good faith. We’re ready to take your case to court if that happens. The Champion Firm is ready for anything and committed to serving your best interests by preparing each case for trial.
How Were You Injured?
What to Do After a Paralysis Injury
After an accident causes paralysis, you might not know what to do. At The Champion Firm, we have recommendations for what to do when you or a loved one becomes paralyzed by someone’s reckless behavior.
1. Get Medical Care ASAP
Injury and paralysis because of an accident needs immediate attention. Some cases, like car accidents, will likely have emergency services enroute. Other accident victims, like someone who slipped and fell, may need attention before EMS can get there. The Mayo Clinic warns not to move a potentially paralyzed person and to prevent movement. Our team can help connect you to trustworthy doctors and the resources you need to address issues related to the paralysis injury after initial emergency medical attention has been provided.
2. Keep Receipts & Medical Records
Hold onto all documentation related to your paralysis injury. These records reflect the economic impact you sustained by losing function in your body and show the extent of your injury. Your paralysis attorney will include these records in your insurance claim to pursue compensation through the at-fault party’s insurance or in a lawsuit.
3. Let Your Lawyer Deal with Insurers
Based on our experience, insurance companies prioritize swift and cost-effective settlements in cases involving paralysis injuries. If an insurance adjuster presents an offer, requests a statement, or calls with questions, you should politely decline and consult a knowledgeable attorney. This way a legal professional can prioritize your financial interests and long-term needs related to being paralyzed.
4. Don’t Post About Your Injury
While it may be tempting to share your experience with friends, family, or social media followers, it could harm your case. The other side’s legal representative will seize any opportunity to question the authenticity of your injuries or its effects. They may exploit photos, comments, or other evidence to cast doubt on the severity of your paralysis.
5. Consult a Paralysis Lawyer
The sooner you enlist an experienced lawyer in a paralysis case, the better. Navigating the insurance process can be time-consuming and frustrating. By working alongside a knowledgeable attorney, you can expedite the procedures and ultimately secure more in terms of compensation. At The Champion Law Firm, our primary objective is to simplify things and recover everything you deserve after a paralysis injury. We are prepared to meet at our office, your home, the hospital, or through phone or video.
Atlanta Paralysis Injuries
Paralysis injuries can take several forms and will impact your life considerably, depending on the type of paralysis injury sustained. Damage to the spine can pinch or sever nerves, causing different kinds of paralysis. Generally, there are two primary types of paralysis: complete or incomplete.
- Incomplete paralysis, or paraplegia, usually impacts those with lower back or spine injuries. Damages to the lower lumbar region of the spine can affect the legs and lower torso. People with incomplete paralysis can usually move their arms and legs, but may have trouble with fine motor skills.
- Complete paralysis, also called tetraplegia or quadriplegia, affects the upper portion of the spine or neck. Injuries that affect the cervical spine may cause total paralysis from the injury site down. That means the victim might be unable to move their neck, head, or limbs.
Those suffering from tetraplegia may suffer far more severe losses than those with paraplegia. People dealing with quadriplegia may require more assistance, need longer recovery, or deal with permanent disability for the rest of their lives. The more severe your injuries, the more you deserve to be awarded in your personal injury and insurance claims.
Accidents That Cause Paralysis
Nearly any accident can cause paralysis under the worst circumstances. Paralysis injuries are seen more frequently in certain types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Work accidents
- Slip and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
A personal injury attorney at The Champion Firm will closely evaluate the details of your case to determine what legal options are available to you, and how to approach your insurance and civil claims.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for permanent paralysis injuries. However, many treatment options can alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. Some of the potential treatment options, depending on the type and severity of your paralysis injuries, could include:
- Occupational therapy – An occupational therapist can help you learn to live with the paralysis injuries you sustained. They will help you regain your abilities to complete daily living activities, such as feeding yourself, writing, bathing, using the bathroom, getting dressed, tying your shoes, and more. They can also help you use adaptive techniques to regain your independence as much as possible.
- Physical therapy – Physical therapy is crucial to improve your range of motion, strengthen your muscles, and enhance your mobility. Physical therapy often involves exercising the affected limbs, stretching, and other techniques.
- Prescription medications – Although they won’t cure you, some medications can alleviate your pain and paralysis side effects. Anticoagulants can help prevent blood clots. Muscle relaxants can reduce the number of muscle spasms you have. Prescription pain medications can help you cope with your physical discomfort.
- Use of medical devices – Specific medical devices can help you deal with the daily challenges of your paralysis injuries. This might include using braces, wheelchairs, and adaptive computer systems, which can increase your mobility and stability.
- Electrical stimulation techniques – Your health care provider might recommend neuromuscular electrical stimulation or functional electrical stimulation to improve and build muscle strength and activate the muscles that have been paralyzed.
- Alternative therapies – Other therapies could help treat your paralysis symptoms. Yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors, or other treatments can offer relaxation and comfort.
- Mental health counseling – Paralysis injuries will surely have a steep emotional impact on victims. If you are struggling to cope with the extent of your injuries and how your life may continue to be affected, working with a psychologist or therapist is a good way to protect and improve your mental health and well-being.
There are many potential treatments to help you through this challenging time in your life. You must follow your healthcare provider’s treatment plan to achieve a strong recovery. Additionally, following your treatment plan will limit the defense team’s opportunities to use your medical records against you in a personal injury claim.
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Compensation in Paralysis Cases
Regarding paralysis injury claims and lawsuits, you need to consider the long-term effects your paralysis will have on your life. While the impact on your life may seem incalculable, with professional help, you can classify damages appropriately and divide your losses into economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages will include every financial loss you experienced.
- Non-economic damages will include every other way your life has been affected by your paralysis that does not involve money.
Recoverable economic damages for your paralysis include:
- Costs of wheelchairs, home accommodations, wheelchair ramps, specialty showers, and other medical equipment
- Costs of prescription drugs, mental health counseling, therapies, and other specialty treatments
- Costs of your hospital bills, ambulance bills, and other relevant medical expenses
- Your inability to continue earning a living
- Loss of income and employee benefits, including health insurance coverage and retirement savings contributions
- Any personal property damages resulting from the accident
Recoverable non-economic damages after paralysis include:
- The chronic pain of your injuries
- Your psychological distress and emotional turmoil
- Depression or anxiety
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement and skin scarring
- Feelings of embarrassment and shame
- Reputational damage
- A diminished quality of life
You might be able to pursue punitive damages in some instances. These are generally only awarded when the defendant is found to have acted with the intent to hurt you, or they were grossly negligent. The court may decide to punish them beyond the damages you pursue. They may not apply to every case, but punitive damages could dramatically increase the compensation you recover in your personal injury claim.
How Do I File a Paralysis Injury Claim?
There are several ways you can go about filing a paralysis injury claim. The steps you must take will vary depending on the type of accident you were involved in and who is responsible. For example, if you are hurt in a car accident, you might file a claim with the liable driver’s insurance company. If that party had inadequate insurance coverage, you might file a personal injury lawsuit instead.
After reviewing your specific circumstances, your Atlanta paralysis injury attorney will know how to approach your case.
Whether you are filing a claim with the insurance company or bringing your case to court, your attorney will make sure the insurance company compensates you fairly. If your case needs to go to trial, your lawyer will be ready to introduce compelling evidence that proves negligence so you can get the most out of your claim.
What Evidence is Useful in a Paralysis Claim?
To prove you deserve compensation, you must show that someone caused the accident and your injuries. That means you must prove they were negligent. If you were in a car accident, you might use evidence that shows the liable party was driving drunk or distracted behind the wheel. If a medical provider’s malpractice caused your paralysis, you could use medical records to show you weren’t paralyzed before their treatment.
You can use different reports about the accident, like police or incident reports, to show who was at fault. Your medical bills can demonstrate the expenses you’ve accrued after your injuries. Eyewitness testimony can show how your quality of life has changed.
Your lawyer can guide you as you gather evidence to support your personal injury claim.
Get Help with Your Paralysis Injury Claim
Suffering from paralysis injuries could substantially impact your life for the foreseeable future. There is no reason the liable party should get away with their negligent actions.
Fight for the compensation you deserve. Get help from our highly skilled Atlanta paralysis injury attorneys at The Champion Firm. Call 404-948-4314 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or use our contact form.
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