If you or someone you love has had a serious accident that resulted in paralysis and it was caused by another’s negligence, our Atlanta paralysis lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
An estimated one in 50 people in the U.S. is currently living with paralysis, according to a study by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Unfortunately, many of these individuals and their families have been forced to deal with this condition due to the negligence of others.
Work with an Atlanta Paralysis Attorney Who Has Experience
The father-and-son legal team of James M. Poe, P.C., has assisted numerous clients in Atlanta and throughout Georgia who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, medical errors and other causes.
We understand the unique and challenging issues that arise in a case involving an injury such as paralysis. Such a case requires careful investigation and analysis of a variety of factors, including:
- The cause of the paralysis
- The type of paralysis
- The past and future costs involved with the care and treatment of the condition and
- The long term implications for quality of life.
We have provided more information below about each of these areas. To learn more and discuss how our personal injury lawyers can assist you or your loved one, please contact us today. We can provide a free consultation and answer questions you may have about your legal rights and your options for seeking just compensation.
Causes of Paralysis
A person with paralysis loses the ability to move one or more muscles in the body. This occurs because the brain cannot transmit messages to the affected body parts.
In broad terms, paralysis may be caused by strokes, spinal cord injury, brain injury or disease. In specific instances, paralysis may be caused by:
- Motor vehicle accidents – An individual can suffer serious head injury or spinal cord injury due to being crushed or thrown from a car, motorcycle or truck involved in a crash that is caused by a careless or reckless driver. Pedestrians and bicyclists struck by vehicles face a high risk of being paralyzed.
- Workplace accidents – Construction workers who operate on ladders and scaffolding, in particular, face the risk of paralysis from head and spinal cord injuries that are suffered in a fall. Unfortunately, these injuries can often be traced to violations of safety regulations at the work site.
- Slip-and-fall accidents – When property owners and occupiers allow dangerous conditions to exist on their premises such as icy walkways, uneven pavement or loose stair railings, it can cause individuals to suffer brain and spinal cord damage in a fall.
- Sports-related accidents – A lack of proper training, supervision and equipment can lead to athletes being paralyzed in traditional sports such as football and soccer as well as weightlifting, watersports, motorsports and extreme sports such as skateboarding.
- Medical errors – During birth, a child may suffer injuries due to medical negligence that causes cerebral palsy, Bell’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy and other disorders. In some cases, a failure to diagnose a stroke may cause a victim to suffer paralysis. Surgical errors can also produce partial or full paralysis.
- Defective products – Defectively designed motor vehicles (including ATVs and forklifts) may expose consumers to the risk of paralyzing injuries. Dangerous drugs are also a concern. Recent studies suggest that testosterone gels and certain birth control products may expose individuals to a greater risk of strokes.
An Atlanta paralysis attorney’s role in your case is to investigate how your paralysis injury occurred. In particular, the attorney will be focused on what went wrong to cause the injury.
Types of Paralysis
Physicians use a broad set of medical terms to describe the extent of paralysis suffered by a patient, including:
- Monoplegia/monoparesis – One limb is paralyzed or weakened.
- Hemiplegia/hemiparesis – The arm and the leg on one side of the body are both paralyzed or weakened.
- Paraplegia – Both legs are paralyzed. Some portion of the lower body may also be affected, including the pelvic region.
- Quadriplegia (tetraplegia) – The arms and the legs are both paralyzed. The chest muscles and abdominal area are also affected.
- Spasticity – Stiff and tight muscles result from this type of paralysis.
- Dysphagia – Paralysis of the throat muscles.
Erb’s Palsy and Klumpke’s Palsy
Because spasticity, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy can result in severe impairment of muscle movement, they are considered to be paralytic conditions. Spasticity can result from cerebral palsy or stroke. Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy can occur when the brachial plexus nerves are damaged. This may occur during birth. Erb’s palsy involves damage to the upper nerves. Klumpke’s palsy involves harm to the lower nerves.
Costs of Paralysis and Your Attorney’s Role
Depending on the extent of the impairments and limitations that one suffers, the costs of paralysis could be very high.
For instance, an individual with high tetraplegia can expect to spend $1,044,197 on average in the first year following the initial injury and an average of $181,328 in each subsequent year, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports.
For more information, please see our page on Treatment and Costs of Paralysis.
An Atlanta paralysis lawyer’s role is to review medical records and consult with experts to determine the full extent of past and future medical expenses that a paralysis victim faces and to seek coverage of those costs through a settlement or verdict if there is a party or entity that is responsible for the injury.
Contact Our Atlanta Paralysis Attorney for Help with Your Case
Attorneys Jim and Matt Poe have extensive experience with representing plaintiffs in complex catastrophic injury cases such as those involving paralysis. For many years, Jim Poe represented insurance companies, which allows him to bring a well-rounded perspective to these cases. Both lawyers have a firm grasp of the medical terms and concepts that are involved in these cases and consult with knowledgeable experts from a variety of medical fields.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered paralysis due to the careless or reckless acts of another, contact James M. Poe, P.C., and schedule a free case review.
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• Health Care Costs for Patients With Chronic Spinal Cord Injury in the Veterans Health Administration, NationalCenter for Biotechnology Information
• Muscle Function Loss, MedlinePlus