Any sort of injury is serious, and if someone else is responsible for the accident that caused your injuries then you are entitled to compensation. However, injuries involving paralysis or death must account for a much longer-term approach towards compensation that accounts for this lifelong injury and the financial implications that come with it. While no amount of money will undo your injuries, there is no reason that a victim of someone else’s negligence should suffer the financial ramifications of this avoidable accident. Hiring a personal injury attorney is one of the most important steps that you can take early into this injury so that you and your family can focus on the important things such as recovery and adjusting to this new reality while there is an experienced legal professional taking on these stressors for you.
Read more below to learn a bit more about how paralysis injuries are handled in a personal injury case, and contact the team at the Pendergrass Law Firm as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation. During your consultation, we will be able to talk about the specifics of the accident, the injuries that resulted from the accident, and the impacts that these injuries have had on your life already. In addition, we will be able to provide you with valuable insight from our own experience that can help you make sense of some of the “unknowns” that may cause additional stress and anxiety through this process.
Paralysis Injuries and Personal Injury Law
Not all accidents or injuries entitle the injured party to compensation, but there are many circumstances where someone is the victim of another’s negligence, recklessness, or malice who are entitled to damages through American tort law. For an accident to be covered under this area of law, the following criteria must be present:
- The responsible party had a “duty of care” that they were required to uphold in order to keep the victim safe from harm—such as obeying speed limits while driving.
- The responsible party failed to uphold their duty of care—engaging in reckless driving behavior is a failure to uphold the duty of care entrusted to all licensed motor vehicle operators
- The failure resulted in an accident where someone was injured
- The injuries resulted in measurable damages that the victim can seek compensation for
As you can imagine, the above criteria indicate that there is a wide range of possible situations that a victim may be legally entitled to compensation for their injuries after. If the situation that caused the paralysis injury in question meets these criteria, then you may likely have more options available to you than are immediately apparent.
Seeking Compensation For a Paralysis Injury
Whether or not you are certain that your injuries fall under tort law and entitle you to compensation, the best way to determine this is to contact a personal injury attorney who will be able to put your experience into the context of personal injury law. Determining whether or not you are eligible is one of many steps that you will need to take in order to resolve your situation, but one of the most complicated steps will be determining how much you are entitled to, and then fighting to get you what you deserve.
After filing a claim with an insurance company, the process requires both sides to calculate what they believe to be a fair amount of compensatory damages for the injuries and associated damages, and then work to reach an agreement. Without the help of a personal injury lawyer, you will be left to negotiate with an insurance company on your own, at the same time that you are trying to move on with your life and adjust to your new reality with these serious injuries.