There are many types of catastrophic injuries that can happen in Cleveland accidents, from devastating burn injuries to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
While spinal cord injuries can vary greatly in terms of their severity, one devastating and debilitating consequence of a spinal cord injury is paralysis. Although paralysis can sometimes be temporary, it is often a permanent consequence of a SCI that leaves the injury victim disabled for the rest of his or her life.
The following will provide you with more information about paralysis injuries and encourage you to seek help from me if another party is responsible for your injuries. As an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer in Cleveland, I can assist with your paralysis injury claim.
Getting the Facts About Paralysis
How often do paralysis injuries occur, and how many people are living with these debilitating injuries? The following are some facts and figures from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:
- About one in 50 people are currently living with paralysis (or around 5.4 million people);
- While stroke is the leading cause of paralysis, spinal cord injuries result in more than 27% of all paralysis cases;
- Only about 15.5% of people who are living with paralysis are employed;
- More than 40 percent of people with paralysis report that they are totally and permanently disabled;
- Paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries results most often from car crashes (more than 25%), followed by falls; and
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis end up costing more than $40 billion annually.
Types of Paralysis
There are four general types of paralysis:
- Monoplegia, which is paralysis affecting one arm or leg;
- Hemiplegia, which is paralysis affecting one arm and one leg on the same side of the person’s body;
- Paraplegia, which is paralysis affecting both legs; and
- Quadriplegia, which is paralysis affecting both arms and both legs.
Statute of Limitations for a Paralysis Injury Lawsuit
If you suffered an injury that has left you paralyzed, you should not wait any longer to file a lawsuit. Under Ohio law, you will likely have only two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
If you wait any longer, Ohio law will say that you have a time-barred claim and that you are ineligible to seek financial compensation. Given that injuries causing paralysis are extremely costly, it is essential to get your claim filed before the clock runs out.
Contact a Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Cleveland
Nobody should have to suffer a catastrophic injury that results in a permanent disability. Injuries that cause paralysis are some of the most devastating nonfatal injuries because they result in permanent changes to a person’s life and well-being.
If someone else was responsible for the injury that led to your paralysis, I want to help you seek the financial compensation you deserve. As an experienced Cleveland catastrophic injury attorney, I have been representing injured plaintiffs for years in a wide variety of catastrophic injury cases. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Do not hesitate to call me at 877.944.4373.