As someone who is experiencing partial or complete paralysis, you will understand that the consequences are life-changing and traumatic. It is likely you will be in the process of making many adaptations – physical, psychological and environmental – and in order to do this as successfully as possible you can only benefit from the right kinds of support. Proper legal support, where you injury has been caused by the negligence of another party, can be invaluable to ensuring you best possible future comfort and security.
Every person with paralysis must face challenges that are unique to their injury, life and circumstances. For example, an individual with localised paralysis may be unable to move a particular part of the body, such as the hand or vocal cords. Whereas those who suffer generalised paralysis might experience more profound injury and could, for example, lose movement in all limbs.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for permanent paralysis. Instead, those with the condition can maximise physical comfort and freedom through therapy and adapted living – it is not impossible for many to live their lives with some varying degree of independence.
There are many ways to embrace levels of independent living – from wheelchairs to some of the many emerging assistive technologies, such as voice-activated control units or computers.
The NHS states that people with loss of all mobility in the limbs will be unlikely to live without the services of a dedicated carer. Professional carers perform a sensitive and vital role and can help make manageable some of the daily challenges the more profoundly injured might face, such as pressure sores and incontinence.
Paralysis does not only affect an individual's quality of life, it can also have a huge impact on his or her friends and family members. Furthermore, while learning to deal with their condition, it is not uncommon for sufferers to experience psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety and loss of motivation. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common among those who sustain paralysis unexpectedly – for example, following a vehicle collision or an accident at work.
Claiming compensation for paralysis
If you have been left paralysed following an accident that was caused by another party's actions, our team of experienced personal injury solicitors may be able to help you receive damages. We have handled many cases of this nature and work to remain sensitive to your priorities while always striving for the best possible settlement.
Compensation makes a difference: it can cover the cost of future care, rehabilitation and past, present, and future loss of earnings as a result of the accident or act of negligence that led to your change in circumstances.
For advice regarding the potential viability and benefit of a claim for compensation, please call us on 0808 252 0678 or submit an online enquiry form and we will contact you to discuss your case in more detail.