Paraplegia is a term that is unfamiliar to many people. Unfortunately, if you are aware of paraplegia, it might mean that you or someone close to you has suffered a traumatic accident. Paraplegia refers to an impairment in the motor or sensory perception of a person’s lower extremities. It is most often caused by an injury or congenital condition to the spinal cord, and in the most extreme cases can lead to paralysis.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the four most common causes of paralysis are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Head injury
- Spinal injury
In the latter two cases, these paraplegia injuries often arise from car accidents, falls, sports collisions, or work place incidents. In such circumstances, not only must the victims deal with the trauma of what may be a life-long impairment, but the issue of liability becomes extremely important.
The question of liability is one that must often be disputed in a court of law. For example, car accidents do not only concern the drivers and passengers involved in the actual crash, but also the insurance companies of the respective drivers. These insurance companies have professional legal teams whose sole job is to secure the best possible settlement for their clients. They will mediate, either in private or in a courtroom, to determine exactly who is liable for any injuries resulting from an accident.
In the same way, sports accidents, work place injuries, and other, less common causes of paraplegia, such as medical malpractice, will also involve insurance companies. And you should be aware that at times, even your own insurance company might not have your best interests at heart. That’s why it’s critical if you’ve been the victim of an injury that you have someone on your side you can trust who’ll look out for you.
Anyone suffering from injuries such as paraplegia will be facing a lifetime of physical challenges, financial hardships, and emotional strain. The situation is only made worse if these injuries were caused by the negligent, dangerous actions of another person. If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you need a dedicated Georgia catastrophic injury attorney who can explain what your rights are and will fight for everything that you are entitled to according to the law. Contact Mulholland & Sutlive, LLC today for a free consultation.
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