Washington D.C. Paralysis Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic personal injuries come in many forms, including those that result in paralysis. If you or a loved one recently endured a debilitating spinal cord injury, speak with a Washington D.C. paralysis injury lawyer within the next week or two. A catastrophic injury caused by the negligence of a person or entity calls for legal action, as does one resulting from intentional harm.
While some paralysis injuries are temporary, unfortunately, many are not. Dealing with such an injury takes time and often requires re-learning how to do even basic tasks. As you or a family member adjusts to life post-injury, learn what your legal options are. Your family should not have to pay for current and future medical costs, occupational therapy, and physical therapy because of an accident that was another’s fault. Roger Gelb not only understands this, but makes every effort to obtain the compensation you deserve.
What Are the Different Types of Paralysis?
Paralysis occurs following damage to the central or peripheral nervous systems, which makes it challenging if not impossible for spinal signals to travel and subsequently communicate with the brain and body. Attorneys represent clients who endure paralysis such as:
- Monoplegia, or paralysis targeting one limb, other body parts, or muscle group
- Diplegia, or paralysis affecting symmetrical body parts such as the legs or arms
- Hemiplegia, or complete paralysis on one side of the body
- Paraplegia, or paralysis affecting the lower half of the body, including both legs
- Quadriplegia, or when the body experiences paralysis from the neck down
Where the injury occurs dictates its severity. Injuries to the lower half of the spine typically do not affect the torso, arms, or neck, while those higher on the body part often result in quadriplegia. Problems from paralysis include loss of motion, body weakening, balance issues, skin injuries, and pressure sores, loss of sexual functions, and problems eating, speaking, and seeing. Spinal cord treatments vary in light of the injury, but can include acupuncture, massage, exercise training, and other physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling.
Does DC Follow The Comparative Negligence Rule?
While many states use comparative negligence rules to establish fault in personal injury cases, the capital is not among them. Comparative negligence allows plaintiffs to collect damages regardless of the degree of fault they share, and modified comparative negligence provides plaintiff compensation so long as they were not 50 percent or more to blame.
Contributory negligence does not award plaintiffs damages even if they were 1 percent responsible for the accident. For example, if the plaintiff contributed to their accident, the defendant might argue that the injury occurred because of the plaintiff’s own negligence. Conversely, if the same plaintiff followed employee rules exactly but still sustained a major spinal cord injury, their attorney would argue that they are not responsible for the accident and therefore eligible for damages.
Talk About Your Spinal Cord Case With a Washington D.C. Attorney Today
Rely on a Washington D.C. paralysis injury lawyer at Gelb & Gelb, P.C. to handle your case during this new and challenging time. We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to help our clients win damages that help them move forward following severe, life-altering injuries. Even if you are unsure whether you have a case, schedule a consultation with our firm. Our attorneys will provide honest answers to all questions to determine your claim’s next steps. Call today to get started on your case.