How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
If you were paralyzed due to the actions of an individual or organization, you may have the right to sue them for damages. There is a good chance you have a case against those responsible for your paralysis if:
The best way to find out if you have a personal injury case is to contact our office and schedule a case evaluation with one of our attorneys. We can investigate the case and identify who is to blame for you or your loved one’s paralysis. There are a variety of factors which can affect who you can sue and how much compensation you can collect.
Understanding Your Injury
Partial or full paralysis can result when the spinal cord sustains damage in an accident. The parts of the body below the point of injury may lose some or all mobility and sensation. Nerve damage can also cause paralysis in certain parts of the body. The type and severity of paralysis you suffered may impact how we approach your case.
Typically, doctors will categorize paralysis based on whether the condition:
- Is localized or generalized
- Leaves you some or no control over the affected body parts
- Is temporary or permanent
- Causes muscle atrophy or muscle spasms
Our team can help coordinate an accurate assessment of your injuries. We work with leading experts in a variety of fields who can map out the expected long-term costs of your injury. A life-altering condition, such as a spinal cord injury, involves much more than the initial medical expenses. By fully assessing the financial impact of your injury, we can pursue the level of compensation you actually need.
Long-Term Effects of a Paralysis Injury
Although advancements in surgical treatments and other therapies have helped to restore mobility for some victims, many must deal with the challenges of paralysis for the rest of their lives. Victims living with paralysis have limited mobility, which can affect their ability to walk or perform basic tasks like brushing their teeth.
Collecting damages can greatly improve your long-term quality of life.
Paralysis victims generally require extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. These injuries can also make it difficult for victims to secure gainful employment and lead to financial hardships for victims and their families. In addition, depression occurs in much higher rates among victims of paralysis.
The Cost of Living with Paralysis
Individuals with paralysis have higher average yearly health care costs and living expenses. Some expense estimates for the first year after a spinal cord injury number in the millions. These estimates do not account for indirect costs, such as:
- Lost wages
- Lower earning potential
- Losses in fringe benefits
After a paralysis injury, you will likely need to make major changes to your lifestyle. In many cases, these changes require alterations to your home, car, and workplace, as well as the purchase of new clothes and therapeutic devices.
If you were injured due to the actions of someone else, pursuing compensation can make a major difference on the impact of these costs. In many cases, collecting damages can greatly improve your long-term quality of life.
The Importance of Hiring an Attorney
A skilled attorney can help victims and families pursue damages for their suffering. We recognize that paralysis has both economic and non-economic repercussions. Our attorneys aggressively pursue compensatory damages for victims, which may include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of mobility
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
We may also pursue punitive damages if applicable. This type of damages is rarer than other forms of compensation. However, it is often provided when the responsible party acted in a particularly negligent manner. In severe paralysis cases, we can often help the families of victims seek damages for loss of companionship and other suffering they must endure.
Why Choose Us?
At Tawwater Law, we understand the devastating impact a paralysis-causing injury can have on both the victim and their family. Our firm has been assisting victims with permanently disabling injuries for over 40 years. We have successfully represented thousands of victims in their personal injury cases.
Our goal is to secure compensation so you and your family can enjoy a better quality of life.
Securing maximum compensation for victims allows them to seek care from qualified medical professionals, without worrying about expenses. A lawsuit can also shine a light on the wrongdoing of those responsible. In some cases, taking legal action can help prevent other individuals from suffering the same pain that you did.
Get Help from a Paralysis Lawyer Today
At Tawwater Law, our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured Oklahomans rebuild their lives. If you suffered a paralysis injury, contact our attorneys online or call us at (405) 607-1400. We can evaluate and investigate your claim to determine who is responsible for your injury and build a strong case to hold negligent and reckless parties accountable. Our goal is to secure compensation so you and your family can enjoy a better quality of life.