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Seeking Compensation for an Accident Resulting in Paralysis

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

Rockford Catastrophic Injury AttorneyMost of us take our ability to use our arms and legs for granted. Someone who has suffered paralysis after an accident knows just how precious this ability is. Paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other forms of paralysis are often the result of spine injuries suffered in a collision, slip and fall accident, or other type of accident. Some paralysis victims can still retain some control over the affected body parts, others are completely paralyzed. Their muscles may become flaccid and unusable or tight with painful spasms. Whatever the specifics of the condition, paralysis affects every aspect of a person’s life.

Legal Options for Paralysis Victims in Winnebago County

Per Illinois law, individuals who are injured by the actions of another party may be able to bring a personal injury claim and seek financial compensation. Money could never make up for the loss of your hand, foot, arm, or leg, however, it may relieve some of the financial burden caused by the accident. Many paralysis victims are left with massive medical bills and other expenses. They may be unable to work either temporarily or permanently. Many are never able to enjoy the same hobbies and activities they could before the accident.

If you or a loved one suffered temporary or permanent paralysis in an accident, you may be able to take legal action and recover financial compensation.  The liable party may be an individual such as a drunk driver, a commercial business such as a trucking company, a property owner, or another party. For car accidents, the party who is ultimately responsible for compensating the victim is a car insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with. The insurance company or other at-fault party may try to avoid taking responsibility for the accident or offer an unreasonably low payout. A personal injury lawyer can help you gather the evidence needed to build a compelling claim and act as your legal advocate during settlement negotiations, communications with the at-fault party, or any legal proceedings.  

Damages For Which You May Be Entitled

Monetary damages after an accident resulting in paralysis vary from case to case. You may be entitled to compensation for your:

  • Past and future lost income

  • Harm to your ability to earn income or “earning capacity”

  • Medical expenses including physical therapy, assistive devices such as a wheelchair, or other ongoing medical needs

  • Pain and suffering

Contact a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

If you or someone you love suffered an injury resulting in paralysis, contact Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS to discuss your legal options. We can help you take the next steps. Call our experienced Winnebago paralysis injury attorneys at 815-215-7561 today.




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