Whilst any injury is an awful experience, accidents that result in paralysis are particularly difficult. They are almost always life changing. Paralysis, no matter the degree, can have a major impact on your life. It may also affect those around you. If you have had an accident that has caused paralysis, whether temporary or permanent, that was the fault of someone else, you may be able to claim compensation.
There are a few different degrees of paralysis, some are temporary, some are permanent and life changing. Some of the main types of paralysis include:
- Localised paralysis- this affects a specific part of the body, such as the foot, arm, or face
- Generalised paralysis- this affects larger areas of the body
- Monoplegia- paralysis of one limb
- Hemiplegia- paralysis of an arm and leg on either side of the body
- Paraplegia– paralysis of both legs
- Tetraplegia– paralysis of both arms and legs
If you have had an accident that has resulted in paralysis, there are various aspects that your compensation would cover should you be successful. Your compensation costs would cover: your loss of earnings, your future loss of earnings, changes that need to be made to your home and vehicle, any loss of earnings that could potentially impact your loved ones, both now and in the future, any spending you may have accumulated during treatment.
Causes of Paralysis
There are many accidents which can result in paralysis. Some of the biggest causes include falls from height, such as scaffolding or roofs, road traffic accidents, slips and trips, sports injuries, and accidents at work.
Paralysis due to accidents at work
One of the main causes of accidents that result in paralysis is accidents at work. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you do not have an injury whilst at work. They must provide adequate training and equipment, and make sure that your workplace is kept clear and tidy.
Falling from height is one of the accidents at a workplace that is most likely to cause paralysis. These accidents are serious. Employers must ensure that they do everything they possibly can to minimise the risk of falling from height.
Paralysis due to road traffic accidents
Another major cause of paralysis due to accidents is road traffic accidents. This type of accident particularly affects cyclists and motorcyclists that have been hit by a vehicle. Motorcyclists and cyclists have less physical protection than car, van and lorry drivers. This means they are naturally more at risk of serious injuries.
These instances are not the only causes of paralysis due to road traffic accidents. If you have been left paralysed due to any road traffic accident, whatever kind of road user you may be, then you may be able to make a claim.
Claiming on behalf of someone else
We understand that you may be claiming on behalf of someone else due to the injuries they have faced. If the accident has affected the mental capacity of your loved one, then you may be able to make the claim on their behalf.
As with other personal injury cases, you would usually have three years from the date of the accident in which to make a claim. If the person is under 18 at the time of the accident, you would then have until they turn 21 to make a claim. In cases where the injury means that your loved one lacks the mental capacity to make a claim, there is no time limit on making a claim. However, the sooner you start, the better.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with accident claims every day. This includes accidents which have resulted in paralysis. This means that they are well placed to help you claim any compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today by filling in the contact form, or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.