Paralysis is often caused by an injury in one’s spinal cord or brain, two vital organs of the body’s central nervous system. A damage inflicted on one of these organs often causes the sudden loss of sensation, movement, or other bodily system or function, known as paralysis.
This condition is considered as a catastrophic injury, which also includes brain injury, spinal cord injury and other serious or traumatic damage. Injuries are considered “catastrophic” when the physical injuries to a person are especially severe, and require extensive medical treatment.
Paralysis is one of the most life-altering conditions a person can be forced to bear.
When an injury to the spinal cord occurs, paralysis may result. The paralysis may be temporary and may disappear as healing occurs; or it may be permanent cause by severing the spinal cord.
In addition to paralysis, patients who suffer from catastrophic injuries also become prone to develop other medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bedsores.
It may be caused by negligent medical operation or practice, which may be characterized by the following:
o Failure to provide information on all the risks
o Misuse of a medical device or implant during the procedure
o Performs a procedure without adequate training and experience
o a surgical error during an operation
o Failure to recommend a safer, alternative surgical procedure for the condition
Aside from medical malpractice, other incidents may also lead or result in paralysis such as slip and falls, collisions, vehicle accidents, aviation accident and even boating accident.
Determining who is liable for one’s catastrophic injuries can be difficult. Although, one party is often directly involved in an accident, several other parties may also play an important, though less obvious, role in an accident.
Because catastrophic injuries often entail extensive monetary damages, it is important to identify everyone who may be responsible so that justice may be done.
In this respect, a personal injury attorney experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases knows how to investigate the facts of a case and to learn the identities of every responsible party.
It is often a good idea to seek specialized legal assistance with catastrophic injury cases. For example, some personal injury attorneys have a much better understanding of severe injuries such closed head injuries or burn injuries, than others do.
A catastrophic injury can necessitate a lifetime of medical care, or repeated reconstructive surgeries. For this reason, it is helpful to have an attorney who understands the treatment and recovery process. For instance, a severely burned child may require repeated surgeries to accommodate growth, in addition to various cosmetic surgeries. A child with a bone fracture that affects a growth plate may face difficult bone-stretching procedures, and may never have normal use of an affected limb.
If an attorney understands the long-term effects of an injury, the attorney will be better able to argue for just compensation. Having someone who has the experience and the skills to handle your claim can somehow help ease the pain of a catastrophic injury.