Paralysis Injury Attorneys In West Hartford CT
It is believed that nearly one in 50 people in the United States are living with paralysis. This statistic is quite staggering when you consider the current population of the country – that means over 6 million people. That’s about the population of Los Angeles and Chicago combined. But how do so many people experience paralysis, and what should you do if you become a victim of such a debilitating condition?
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis occurs when you’re unable to make voluntary muscle movements and is caused by some sort of malfunction of the nervous system. Uninjured nerves send signals to muscles which make those muscles move. But, when you are paralyzed either completely or partially, you can’t move or control the movements of certain parts of your body. And this can mean a serious change in your quality of life.
Our experienced attorneys assist with the following types of paralysis injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Congenital disability injuries
- Brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Violent attack injuries
- Dangerous product injuries
Potential Causes of Paralysis:
Though paralysis can be caused by various medical conditions, including strokes, brain injuries, autoimmune illnesses, etc., some tragic situations can lead to paralysis. These situations can often result in the need for an experienced paralysis injury attorney.
- Traffic accident including car, truck, motorcycle, or scooter
- Boating accident
- Swimming pool accident
- Slip and fall accident
- Workplace or construction site accident
When Buckley Wynne & Parese Personal Injury Attorneys fight for you in your paralysis injury case, you can anticipate funds received at settlement to help with the monumental costs associated with:
- Medical expenses
- Equipment costs to maintain life including adaptive equipment, assistive equipment, orthotic/ prosthetic devices, and voice-activated technology
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
- Legal fees
The Consequences of a Paralysis Injury
Paralysis can severely affect basic bodily functions such as breathing and eating. Paralysis can also involve other body systems, such as loss of motor functioning and feeling. Further, people with paralysis may experience dysfunction in other areas such as:
- Difficulty breathing, coughing, and increased risk for pneumonia
- Depression and anxiety
- Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Speech or swallowing problems (dysphagia)
- Sexual problems and erectile dysfunction
- Blood pressure (inability to control) and heart problems
- Urinary incontinence and inability to control the bowel
- Pressure injuries (bedsores) and sepsis
- Body temperature (inability or reduced ability to regulate or sweat below the level of the injury)
- Chronic or permanent pain
Proving Negligence and Pursuing Compensation for a West Hartford Connecticut Paralysis Injury
According to Connecticut law, four distinct elements must be proven to assert a successful negligence case for a paralysis injury. A Buckley Wynne & Parese Personal Injury Attorney would be required to establish the following:
- The defendant owed the injured party a duty of reasonable care.
- The defendant breached that duty of care and failed to act with the care which a responsible individual would usually exercise in a similar situation.
- The plaintiff was injured by direct causation of the defendant’s breach.
- The plaintiff incurred damages due to the negligence of the defendant.
Hiring a Paralysis Injury Attorney in West Hartford
Making a decision to hire a paralysis injury attorney in Connecticut should be made quickly. Connecticut law allows time for victims who have suffered a paralysis injury to pursue a civil lawsuit and collect damages from the at-fault party. However, there are some limitations in that Connecticut law gives paralysis injury victims just two years from the date of the injury that caused the paralysis to assert a lawsuit for damages.
If it is determined that an individual’s injuries could not have reasonably been found until a later time, the deadline commences from that date rather than the date. An additional exception to the two-year Connecticut statutory deadline for paralysis injuries is if the defendant left the state after the injury occurred but before the plaintiff filed a lawsuit. In these situations, the statutory deadline will pause or toll until the at-fault party returns to the state where the paralysis-causing injury took place.
Contact Buckley Wynne & Parese
A paralysis injury that could have been prevented could turn your life upside-down instantly. But you do not have to face the aftermath of such a debilitating injury alone. Call the team at Buckley Wynne & Parese Personal Injury Attorneys right away to schedule a consultation and case review and find out what legal recourse you could take and what compensation you can anticipate.
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