Paralysis is one of the most serious injuries someone can suffer. It causes muscle function to cease in one or more regions of the body. A paralysis injury is commonly the result of a serious blow to the central nervous system, such as damage to the brain and/or spine. Those who have experienced paralysis cases face serious medical bills, an inability to provide for themselves, and in many circumstances, the need for round the clock care from a family member and/or medical professional. Unfortunately, most families cannot afford a paralyzing injury, no matter how well off they are.
Outside healthcare facilities, paralysis can be the result of an accident involving an automobile or heavy truck, assault by another person, or an on the job injury. Many paralysis cases can also be traced back to preventable causes such as medical malpractice, operating errors during surgery, anesthesia mistakes, inexperienced physicians, and many others. Some medical conditions can cause paralysis and include:
- Stroke – When the brain temporarily or permanently ceases to function as before
- A severe allergic reaction – Caused by a dangerous prescription, medication that is not intended for the patient, or combining the wrong types of medication
- Cerebral palsy – A birth injury that permanently affects a child’s ability to walk, speak, and function without aid.
- Poison from animal bites or industrial chemicals – Some chemicals can cause severe reactions and some people are extremely allergic to certain animal or insect bites.
- Bell’s Palsy syndrome – An inflammation of the nerves that controls facial muscle movement
- Parkinson’s disease – A degenerative, progressive long term disease of the nervous system
- Multiple sclerosis – A demyelinating disease where the insulating nerve cell covers in the brain and spinal cord are damaged
- Guillain-Barre syndrome – A rapid-onset muscle weakness that is caused when the immune system damages the peripheral nervous system
- Untreated tumor – A cancerous tumor that is untreated will grow, and in some cases, can damage the nervous system in the process
- Other medical trauma that interferes with how the central nervous system communicates with the body
If the paralyzing injury was caused or suspected to be caused as of the result of someone else’s negligence, a harmful product, or a wrongful act, you are eligible to file a claim in the state of Texas. The help of an attorney who has experience in paralysis cases can help you and your family recover financially. The attorney can offer an evaluation of the case and determine if you are entitled to compensation for damages including but not limited to:
- Loss of present and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical, surgical, and physical rehabilitation costs
- Psychological and mental health counseling
- In-home nursing care
- Legal costs associated with filing a claim
- And punitive damages in cases that can prove extreme negligence