Paralysis places emotional and financial strain on the families of injured workers— as it requires a lifetime of therapy and care to meet their needs and adjust to a new quality of life. If the injury that has caused the paralysis occurred due to the negligence of another worker or the employer, the cost of required care may be the responsibility of the parties responsible for the accident. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm that specializes in representing the rights of those whose injuries are the result of reckless or dangerous actions on part of others, or the refusal of employers to implement safety practices that save lives and prevent serious injuries.
Types of Paralysis
There are two main forms of permanent paralysis which are the result of injuries to different areas of the spine. Paraplegia is the result of any injury that leaves the victim unable to use his or her lower extremities. Paraplegics are still able to move their upper limbs and can use their hands and arms, unlike quadriplegics, whose injuries have paralyzed them from the neck down. Not all forms of paralysis are permanent and some injuries may only affect one side of the body.
Treatment of Paralysis
If a worker’s injuries have caused temporary or partial paralysis, it is possible to restore motor function through the use of surgical procedures and rehabilitation. These procedures are often very expensive and may not always be successful, but the cost of caring for someone who suffers from permanent paralysis is far greater. A lifetime of care for a paraplegic or quadriplegic can exceed $ 2 million before taking into consideration the cost of living arrangements and transportation designed for the physically handicapped.
Whenever someone is injured on the job, it is important to document the details of the accident and to conduct an investigation to determine whether negligence played a part. While all workers are guaranteed workers’ compensation, this benefit rarely provides enough financial compensation to cover the costs that paralyzed workers must bear over a lifetime and employers may try to find any way possible to deny these benefits. The workplace injury lawyers at the Chicago Injury Center would be happy to examine the details of your case and conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf so that you can have the assurance that your best interests are being represented and you receive every bit of compensation that you are entitled to under Illinois law.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights and legal options. Every one of our personal injury lawyers works on a contingency basis and we will never demand payment upfront for our services. In fact, we will never demand compensation unless we are able to collect money on your behalf.