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Philadelphia Paralysis Attorney

Severe injury to the brain or spinal cord can leave victims with long-term or permanent disability in the form of paralysis. Depending upon the location and severity of the injury, paralysis can be partial or total and completely change the lives of victims and their families.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury that has left you paralyzed, a Philadelphia paralysis attorney from Youman & Caputo may be able to help. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

At Youman & Caputo, we have significant experience representing clients who have been catastrophically injured. We understand how to maximize the value of serious injury cases and have won more than 100 settlements or verdicts in excess of $1 million for our clients.

What is Paralysis?

Paralysis is a condition that occurs when you are unable to make voluntary muscle movements as a result of damage or disruption to the nervous system. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent and partial or complete (meaning you have no control over any muscles. Many different conditions can cause paralysis, but an injury to the brain and or spinal cord is the most common cause resulting from unintentional injury. Most typically, injuries that result in paralysis come from motor vehicle accidents, although defective products, work-related incidents, and medical malpractice are also common causes.

Categories of Paralysis

After an injury to the spinal cord or brain, paralysis typically affects larger areas of the body and are categorized generally as:

  • Monoplegia – Inability to move one limb
  • Diplegia – paralysis affecting the same area on both sides of the body (both arms for example)
  • Hemiplegia – paralysis affecting one side of the body
  • Paraplegia – paralysis affecting both legs and sometimes the torso
  • Tetraplegia (or quadriplegia) – paralysis affecting all limbs. This type of paralysis often leaves victims with little to no movement from the neck down.

Costs Associated With Paralysis

Depending upon what part of the spine is injured, victims may have more or less feeling and function. However, many people paralyzed after an injury spend the rest of their life in a wheelchair and require assistance for everyday activities and tasks. They may be unable to return to work or have a significantly reduced capacity to earn wages. According to The Spinal Cord Journal, just 11.7 percent of people suffering from a spinal cord injury are employed. This means that the loss of earning potential is one of the most significant expenses for people with paralysis injuries.

There are also many longer-term expenses associated with paralysis including long-term health issues such as respiratory infections, home modifications, and additional equipment. According to the Journal on Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation, the lifetime financial burden for those having sustained a spinal cord injury can be immense for both patients and insurance systems because of the re-hospitalization rates which can quickly balloon into hundreds of thousands of dollars of associated medical costs.

If you have suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of an accident or the negligence of another, you should hire a lawyer to investigate your potential claims. A Philadelphia paralysis lawyer can work on your behalf to identify all potentially liable parties, collect evidence to build a strong case, and handle all interactions with insurers and their lawyers to maximize your compensation. If insurers refuse to offer a fair and full settlement, an attorney can take them to trial.

Because there are time limits for filing paralysis injury claims, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Let Us Help You Today

If you or a loved one suffers from paralysis as a result of an accident, contact a Philadelphia paralysis lawyer from Youman & Caputo to investigate your claims, file a lawsuit against any party responsible for your injury, and win the maximum possible compensation by way of either settlement or jury trial. We handle all injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge no fees unless we win.