Paralysis is a devastating injury, with physical as well as emotional trauma. Recovery can be long, hard, and expensive. If you have been hurt in an accident that resulted in paralysis, it is critical to seek immediate legal assistance to protect your rights. A paralysis lawyer can pinpoint the cause of the accident and demonstrate how your injuries resulted from the incident so that you can begin picking up the pieces. Michael E. Shelton at The Shelton Law Firm in Houston, TX, is dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic accidents.
Common Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is defined as any loss of muscle function, whether partial or total. Paralysis is usually categorized based on which parts of the body it affects. It is referred to as paraplegia when affecting only the lower half of the body and as quadriplegia or tetraplegia when affecting both the legs and arms.
Some of the most common causes of paralysis include:
- Spinal cord injuries: As the primary connection between the brain and muscles, the spinal cord is integral to movement. Falls or other injuries from an explosion on an oil and gas rig, at a refinery, or at a construction site can often lead to spinal cord damage.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): Damage to the brain can interrupt its ability to control muscle movement. It is frequently seen in workers engaged in dangerous construction or oil and gas work.
- Negligence in the workplace: The failure of a supervisor to properly secure a construction zone or of a company to set effective safety regulations can cause an injury to a worker or bystander. Such negligence can easily create an environment in which spinal cord injuries or TBIs are common.
Paralysis is life-changing and requires not only the victim but also their family to readjust their lifestyle. Even worse, the loss of the ability to work eliminates earning power. We fight for full financial recovery to meet your current and ongoing medical needs, as well as the needs of your family.
Why Seek Compensation for Paralysis?
If you or a loved one has been paralyzed, it is essential to seek compensation from the liable party. The loss of a paycheck is compounded by considerable medical bills and a need for lifelong care.
Mr. Shelton has personal experience as a worker on oil and gas rigs, providing him with unique insight which not many injury attorneys share.
Seeking compensation for paralysis offsets these expenses and allows your family to care for you while staying on top of the costs of everyday needs. You are entitled to repayment for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity, the costs of current and future medical care, and other out-of-pocket expenses associated with the accident.
How a Lawyer Helps
With over forty years as a personal injury attorney, Mr. Shelton has fought for the rights of victims of devastating accidents with great success. Mr. Shelton has personal experience as a worker on oil and gas rigs, providing him with unique insight which not many injury attorneys share. Flexible office hours are available to fit your hectic schedule and services can be provided on a contingency fee basis, so that there are no out of pocket costs for you when you partner with our office.
Reach out Today
If you have questions about how to recover from an accident resulting in paralysis, contact us online or call us in Houston at (713) 807-0700 today. Together, we can determine the best course of action for your case.