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No one deserves to suffer any kind of permanent injury solely because of another person’s negligence, especially not one which leads to a loss of sensory and motor function in any part of the body. Unfortunately, reckless and careless actions lead to paralyzing injuries all the time. These incidents fundamentally alter the lives of people who did nothing wrong and now have to deal with immense physical, financial, and personal losses.
While no amount of money can completely make up for the damage this type of injury can cause, pursuing a fair financial payout with a dedicated catastrophic injury attorney will still be crucial to maximizing your quality of life and minimizing the negative impacts your condition may impose. Get support from a West Virginia paralysis injury lawyer and learn how much compensation you may be able to recover if you are successful.
Various types of accidents can cause trauma to the body that subsequently causes partial or total loss of bodily function. Paralysis can result from motor vehicle wrecks, bike crashes, medical negligence, collisions during athletic competitions, and slip and fall accidents. Traumatic paralysis is usually the result of damage to the spinal cord, which—depending on how “complete” the injury is—can partially or completely cut the brain off from communication with the central nervous system below the injury site.
Injuries to the lower spine may result only in paraplegia, or paralysis of the lower limbs and sometimes the lower part of the torso. Conversely, injuries higher up the spine and closer to the neck can result in quadriplegia, or paralysis of all four limbs as well as the torso.
Certain other types of injuries can result in other types of paralysis—for instance, nerve damage can sometimes cause monoplegia in a single arm or leg, while brain trauma can occasionally cause hemiplegia in just the left side or just the right side of the body. A qualified West Virginia attorney can help build a strong claim around any type of paralyzing injury caused by another person’s misconduct.
Notably, the modified comparative fault system outlined in West Virginia Code § 55-7-13d makes no exceptions for civil plaintiffs who have suffered catastrophic and life-altering injuries. Under this system, any amount of fault an injured person holds for causing or worsening his or her injuries through their own negligence may be held against them as a proportional reduction from the final damage award. Any person who holds a majority of total fault for his or her own accident is ineligible to receive any compensation whatsoever.
Additionally, the same two-year filing deadline set by WV Code § 55-2-12 for other civil claims also applies to paralyzing injuries which will cause lifelong harm. Assistance from a dedicated lawyer will be key to navigating around any roadblocks to recovery following a paralysis injury in West Virginia.
Paralysis is among the most devastating outcomes that a non-fatal accident can produce. When you have suffered this substantial trauma primarily or entirely because of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to hold that person financially accountable for every form of harm you will experience.
If you wish to work with a West Virginia paralysis injury lawyer, you need to call Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law and request a free consultation. We are committed to getting you all available compensation you deserve.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law