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Philadelphia Paralysis Lawyer

An injury that causes paralysis can be a life-altering event for the accident victim and his or her loved ones. If your loved one has been paralyzed, you may be asking how this could have happened. You may be worried about how you will take care of your loved one and pay for your loved one’s needs. You may be frightened about what the future holds. The lifetime costs of living with paralysis can be hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. You need trusted legal guidance to move forward with a paralysis claim.

Many people suffer paralysis injuries due to someone else’s carelessness or disregard for safety. If your loved one has sustained a disabling injury in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, speak with a paralysis injury lawyer at The Colleran Firm. Our compassionate attorneys understand that your family is going through a very difficult time. Some types of paralysis such as paraplegia and quadriplegia require the paralyzed person to have specialized medical care and assistance to live independently. We have the resources to fight for your family to receive full compensation that reflects the extent or your injury. The legal team at The Colleran Firm has more than a century of combined legal experience with personal injury and medical malpractice claims.

You should work with a law firm with a proven track record. The injury attorneys at The Colleran Firm have secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts related to catastrophic injuries including paralysis injuries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You may review our case results and see what former clients had to say about the legal service we provided. Please allow us to review the circumstances of your loved one’s paralysis injury and discuss your legal options at no charge. We will give you an honest opinion about your legal options so that you have the information to make sound decisions.

Causes of Paralysis

Paralysis is caused by a disruption of the nerve signal between the brain and another part of the body. Many types of serious personal injuries and preventable medical errors can cause paralysis. They include the following:

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A serious slip and fall accident can cause a spinal cord injury and the cutting of nerves in the spinal column, causing partial or complete paralysis. If the accident was caused by the negligence of a property owner, the accident victim may be entitled to seek compensation from the property owner’s family.

Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice

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Every surgical procedure involves some risk. But if a surgeon performing brain surgery, open heart surgery or spinal surgery deviates from the recognized standard of care and commits a surgical error causing nerve damage, the patient may be left paralyzed after surgery. Permanent paralysis is an uncommon outcome of surgery, but it does happen. If a surgeon or member of a surgical team made a preventable error resulting in paralysis, the health care provider may be held accountable.
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A doctor using forceps or other mechanical devices during a difficult delivery can apply too much force to the baby’s head and shoulders and damage the network of nerves that control movement in the arms and hands. Depending on the severity of the damage, the injury can range from weakness to partial paralysis of a baby’s arms. If the doctor or other member of the delivery team failed to follow the standard of care during delivery, the doctor may be held liable for the injuries.
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A person who presents symptoms of a stroke may be left paralyzed if a doctor fails to diagnose their symptoms correctly and to offer prompt treatment. Misdiagnosing the symptoms of stroke as a less serious condition may take away the critical minutes and hours available to prevent permanent injury to a patient. A doctor is unlikely to admit to having committed a medical error causing paralysis. You will need to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney review your medical records and conduct an independent investigation of what happened.

Paralysis Injuries in Vehicle Accidents

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The impact of a car collision or motorcycle accident may involve injuries to the spinal cord causing paralysis. An injury to the head, back, arm or leg may disrupt the nerve signals and cause loss of use of the arms or legs or paralysis on one side of the body. Car accident victims who suffer paralysis require lengthy rehabilitation and physical therapy. Your family will need all the financial resources available to move forward. If the crash was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault motorist.
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A motorcyclist may be paralyzed after a collision by suffering fractures of the neck or spine or a brain injury. Bikers usually suffer the brunt of the injuries even in crashes caused by other motorists. When riders are ejected from a motorcycle, they often land on their arm or shoulder. This may cause nerve damage and paralysis of the arm—a condition known as “biker’s arm.” Motorcycle accidents and car accidents are leading causes of spinal cord injuries. About 10 percent of motorcyclists who are injured in crashes suffer a spinal injury, according to research in Trauma, a medical journal.

The Effects of an Injury Causing Paralysis

A medical error causing quadriplegia, paraplegia or any permanent paralysis can leave a patient with lifetime hardship including:

  • Lack of mobility.
  • Dependence on others for personal care.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • A need for expensive disability accommodations including wheelchair ramps, widened doorways, a walk-in shower and specialized vehicles adapted for people with disabilities.
  • Need for personal assistance in eating, bathing and other activities.

When a medical error or personal injury causes paralysis or other disabling injuries, it is important to develop a comprehensive estimate of the lifetime needs of the person who has been paralyzed and the costs of adapting to a new life. If you work with The Colleran Firm, we will consult with appropriate professionals such as doctors, life-care planners and economists to develop an estimate of full lifetime costs of the injury.

Contact a Philadelphia Paralysis Lawyer

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You owe it to yourself and your family to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before signing anything presented by an insurance company or waiving your right to file a lawsuit. The Colleran Firm represents individuals who have suffered paralysis injuries due to medical malpractice or the negligence of others in car crashes or other types of preventable accidents.

Schedule a free consultation with a Philadelphia attorney after a medical error or traumatic accident has caused paralysis.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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The Colleran Firm

2005 Market Street | Suite 1940
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-972-8000