If you have suffered paralysis due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation from the at-fault party. See how the Manhattan paralysis lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you today. Call us at (212) 732-2929.
Manhattan Paralysis Lawyer Paralysis is among the most devastating and life-changing types of injuries caused by the negligence of others. It is usually caused by a brain or spinal cord injury and can leave victims in pain, unable to work, function on their own, or participate in normal life activities. Paralyzed individuals may have suffered:
- A motor vehicle accident
- An act of violence such as a gunshot
- A fall
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injury cases each year in the United States. Paralysis patients often require a lifetime of costly care and therapy.If you or a loved one has been paralyzed due to someone else’s fault or negligence in New York, you may be entitled to receive substantial compensation for each of your losses and injuries through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
New York personal injury laws are complicated, and insurance companies may attempt to get you to accept as low a settlement as possible. The Manhattan paralysis lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates are aware of this and will fight to obtain the settlement you deserve. We have been helping clients since 1988 get their justice. For example, we recovered $6.3 million for a young accountant who suffered brain injuries after being hit by a speeding police motor scooter.
Damages in Paralysis Cases
In New York, you may receive compensation for both economic and non-economic damages that you suffered as a result of the fault of the negligent party or parties.
1. Economic damages are for the monetary costs you incur, including:
- Medical, therapy, and rehabilitative expenses
- Special equipment, such as wheelchairs, and costs to modify your home to accommodate equipment
- Continuing care
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Property damage caused by the accident
- Future medical costs
2. Non-economic damages are for losses that do not have a specific dollar value, such as:
- Pain and suffering for all physical injuries
- Mental and emotional distress and anguish
- Loss of consortium and services in the home
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future pain and suffering
Determining What Your Case Is Worth
Every case is different, and the value of your case would depend on the factors involved. When dealing with paralysis, the type and severity of your disability is of considerable importance.
The most common types of paralysis are paraplegia and quadriplegia:
- Paraplegia is caused by injury to the lower spine and involves loss of use and sensation of the lower extremities. Paraplegics may suffer a loss of bowel or bladder control, as well. Victims have sometimes left wheelchair-bound but have use of their arms and hands.
- Quadriplegia is caused by injury to the cervical portion of the spine and neck and involves loss of use and sensation in the upper and lower extremities. Quadriplegics may require assistance in everything they do, and may even need mechanical assistance in order to breathe.
Less severe forms of paralysis include:
- Monoplegia – Where a single limb is paralyzed
- Hemiplegia – Paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side of the body
Injuries may also be classified as “complete” or “incomplete.”
- Complete – You lose all feeling and motor function below the site of the injury
- Incomplete – You have some feeling and motor function
The severity of your injury and the number of things you need help with in order to live your life can affect your potential settlement. In addition, the amount of damages you may receive could depend upon factors such as:
- Your age and family situation
- Your lost income and the wages you would have earned in the future (had you not been injured)
- The availability of insurance
Estimates for a lifetime of care for a paralyzed person can easily cost into the millions of dollars, according to the NSCISC. The Manhattan paralysis lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates often work with experts in life care and rehabilitation to evaluate the full nature of your suffering and forecast the future care that you will need. We have represented many catastrophically injured personal injury victims in our decades of experience..Call us today at (212) 732-2929 to get started.
Proving Negligence in Paralysis Cases
To order to build a successful claim for you, our attorneys will have to show that another party was partially or completely at fault for your paralyzing injuries. Those responsible must be held accountable.
Proving that fault means showing the following elements:
- Duty — The defendant owed you a duty of care to act safely
- Breach — The defendant failed to meet this duty
- Cause — In failing to meet their duty, they caused your accident and injuries
- Damages — You suffered actual physical, emotional, and/or economic damages as a result
To prove negligence, our legal team would:
- Investigate the accident or incident that caused your paralysis
- Gather police, accident, or incident reports
- Interview witnesses
- Obtain scene photographs or video footage of the incident if available
- Demand sworn statements from the other party or parties
- Retain experts in accident reconstruction
Get Legal Assistance Now
The Manhattan paralysis lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates know the suffering that paralysis causes to victims and their families. We are here to help. Paralysis cases are complicated, and there is a time limit for filing a related lawsuit. The sooner you contact us for your free consultation, the sooner we can start to build your case and fight for you to receive the fair and just recovery you deserve.
Call (212) 732-2929 today for your free consultation. We represent clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.