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Compensation for Paralysis - Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

By Matthew Willens  Dec. 1, 2015 7:54a

Motorcycle accident victims often suffer severe head and back injuries. In some cases, these injuries result in temporary or permanent paralysis. Any paralysis, whether temporary or permanent, will have life-long consequences. In addition to physical and mental distress, large medical expenses and lost earnings create heavy financial losses. If you are paralyzed as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Consult a Chicago personal injury lawyer to understand your legal rights. Compensation includes medical bills, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.

Common Types of Paralysis from Motorcycle Accidents

Spinal cord injuries from motorcycle accidents often lead to paralysis. A victim may suffer a complete spinal cord injury, often leading to complete paralysis. An incomplete spinal cord injury may lead to temporary or partial paralysis. The cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral areas in the spine are more prone to injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Paralysis from the neck down can be caused by a severe injury in the cervical area. This type of paralysis is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia, while paralysis caused by any other type of injury is referred to as paraplegia. Patients suffering from paraplegia lose the ability to move their arms but may have sensation in the legs. Depending on the location of the lesion on the spine, different patients may suffer paralysis in different areas, and the extent of the paralyzed area may also vary. Patients suffering from quadriplegia usually need lifelong care.

Partial or Temporary Paralysis

An incomplete spinal injury can lead to partial paralysis or paralysis in one particular side of the body. In some cases, an injury in the lumbar or sacral areas of the spine may result in Cauda Equina Syndrome or paralysis in the areas down the cauda equine.

Medical Expenses for Paralysis

If you suffer a severe spinal cord injury, you may find it difficult to pay for the medical expenses. In addition to the initial treatment, there could be expenses for ongoing treatment. It is estimated that paraplegic patients may require an initial $480,000 for medical care in the first year and an ongoing cost of $63,000 per year.

It is important to be compensated for all your present and future costs, both economic and non-economic. Seek legal help from a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney from Willens Law Offices. Call us today at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.

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