Vegas Injury Lawyers Help Victims of Car Crash Paralysis
One of the most devastating injuries that a victim can experience is paralysis. Paralysis occurs when you lose the ability to control your body movements. Often, you also lose the ability to feel sensations in your paralyzed body parts as well. Paralysis usually happens because of spinal cord damage, although brain damage — including damage caused by loss of oxygen — can also leave a victim paralyzed if the brain becomes unable to communicate with the body systems.
Paralysis can be complete, or it can be partial. When a victim is paralyzed, it can cost millions of dollars to provide appropriate care, both during the first year after the paralysis and on an ongoing basis when a victim needs help with activities of daily living or has serious medical complications as a result of debilitating injuries.
Often, paralysis occurs as a result of the negligence of another person. For example, one of the leading causes of paralysis is car accidents that cause spinal cord damage. When paralysis occurs, and victims experience life-changing loss, it is important that those who have been harmed pursue a claim against the person or entities who caused their injuries to occur.
A paralysis victim should be entitled to receive full and fair compensation for damages, and LV Personal Injury will help to make that happen.
Causes of Paralysis from Car Accidents
Paralysis can occur in any situation when a motorist is hurt in a car collision. Some of the most common reasons why paralysis happens after a car crash include:
- Victims being thrown from the vehicle and suffering spinal cord injuries
- Victims striking hard objects in the vehicle and suffering injuries to the spinal cord
- The spinal cord being severed as a result of the force or impact of the accident
- The spinal cord being suffered because of debris in the accident
- Vertebrae being crushed in a rollover accident or due to other accident injuries
- A Nevada motorist suffering brain damage as a result of an accident that affects the brain’s ability to control motion and feel sensation.
A victim can become paralyzed in any car accident because even minor damage to the spinal cord can cause paralyzing injuries that may be incurable. However, it is more likely for paralysis to occur in serious accidents, including head-on crashes when there is a lot of force and velocity for the body to observe as well as in rollover crashes when there is a significant chance of crushing injuries.
Who is Responsible for Paralysis from Car Accidents?
If a car accident victim becomes paralyzed, the person who caused the motor vehicle accident to occur can be held legally responsible to that victim.
Drivers who cause accidents to happen need to make victims whole for their losses provided the victim can prove that the careless driver was to blame for the crash.
A driver in Las Vegas can make a case for compensation after suffering paralyzing car accident injuries by proving that the other driver was in violation of the rules of the road in a way that led to the accident occurring. Violating a safety rule creates a presumption of negligence, and victims will find it easier to obtain compensation in these cases because there’s no additional proof of carelessness required.
Victims can also prove that a motorist was unreasonably careless in a way that no competent driver would’ve been to hold a careless driver responsible for a crash, causing paralysis.
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Because paralysis is so severe and injuries are so costly, victims may also wish to identify other parties besides the driver who could potentially share responsibility for covering losses. This could include the employer of a driver who causes a paralyzing accident or a car manufacturer when vehicle defects caused or exacerbated injuries.
Compensation for Paralysis from Car Accidents
A victim who is paralyzed may need adaptive medical devices. Paralysis can be complete or partial, and the extent of the paralysis can depend upon where along the spinal cord the injury happened and what vertebrae were affected by the accident.
In cases of complete paralysis, a victim may be unable to walk or to move his arms or legs. He or she may need a ventilator to breathe for him and may require assistance with all activities of daily living.
The initial and ongoing costs of therapy, adaptive medical devices, routine home health care, and pain management in Nevada hospitals can be astronomical. And, because paralyzed victims do not regain their mobility or sensations, the injuries are permanent and there are ongoing expenditures.
Victims deserve to be fully compensated for all economic losses including the expensive costs of this medical care., They also deserve to be paid for lost wages and future lost earning power, which is a form of economic loss. And, they should be compensated for non-economic damages, including pain and lost quality of life. LV Personal Injury Lawyers can provide the help that victims need to pursue their case and get the compensation they deserve.
Getting Help From Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
Las Vegas injury lawyer Zachary D. Clayton will work hard to help you obtain the money you need and deserve if you or a loved one was paralyzed in a car accident.
To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.