The consequences of a catastrophic injury are, without a doubt, one of the most difficult things that you can suffer from in life. When that catastrophic injury leads to paraplegia, it becomes an even more difficult injury to overcome. Paraplegia is paralysis that usually occurs from the waist down, although it can sometimes affect the trunk of the body (but never the arms). These types of injury is typically the result of trauma of some sort, such as a car accident, or a fall from elevated heights or a slip and fall accident.
Paraplegia stems from a spinal cord injury of some kind. The severity of the paralysis is completely dependent on the extent of the damage to the spinal cord. At some levels, sensation and control is retained to a certain degree, while it is completely lost for the more extreme cases. If you or a loved one has paraplegia due to the recklessness, carelessness or negligence of another party, it is imperative that you contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to begin discussing your case.
After a person becomes a paraplegic, he or she will end up being impacted both physically and financially. Not only will the individual be extremely limited in the physical activities he or she can engage in, but the person will also likely become subject to extensive medical costs. The victim might need to see various types of specialists, get multiple surgeries or obtain other forms of costly medical treatment.
The paraplegic will also likely need different types of medical equipment, including a wheelchair. The victim could also lose wages from having to spend time away from work after the accident, or even from having to completely change occupations as a result of the injury. Other damages the victim could suffer from are physical pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life, among others.
Whether you live in Mason City or another community within the area, contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your claim or lawsuit.