Glendale Paralysis Lawyers
Nerve injuries can be devastating and life-altering, often resulting in partial or full paralysis. Even minor nerve injuries can cause severe physical effects, reducing your ability to use a limb or function as you did before your injuries. Impairments due to spinal cord or nerve damage can affect your entire family, especially if they rely on you for financial support.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a nerve injury or paralysis due to the negligence or carelessness of another, you are likely eligible for financial compensation. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand that no amount of money can repair the lost quality of life and trauma (both physical and emotional) that you are going through, but it can help ease the burden and assist in putting your life back together.
Nerves are the lines that your brain uses to communicate with and control all body functions, both involuntary and voluntary. Nerves are classified into three different types, each of which has specific functions:
- Autonomic nerves control the “unconscious” activity of your body, including such things as your heartbeat, glandular response, sexual function, etc. Injuries to your automatic nerves can have severe complications, including impaired bladder functions, constipation, sweating, and heart function.
- Sensory nerves connect your brain to your skin, nose, ears, eyes, and any other method of sensory perception that you have. Injuries to sensory nerves can result in numbness, tingling, burning, hypersensitivity, and a constant sensation of pain.
- Motor nerves allow you to control all the parts of your body. Sometimes called “voluntary” nerves, motor nerves are what enable you to walk, move your arms, blink, and any other physical activity under your control. Injuries to motor nerves can result in paralysis, severe weakness, muscle twitching, and muscle atrophy.
Your neck and spine are where the nerves throughout your body meet and travel to the brain. Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries that are particularly traumatic may lead to partial or full paralysis.
Nerve injuries are usually classified in stages, with each becoming progressively worse. Severe nerve injuries can result in lifelong disability or paralysis, and are categorized as follows:
- First degree: There is little disruption in the function of the nerve and recovery is rapid.
- Second degree: More severe disruption in the function of the nerve is present, but your body can still repair it over time.
- Third degree: Severe injuries that damage the nerve and surrounding support structures, and can only be repaired with surgery.
- Fourth degree: Severely damaged nerves that cannot regenerate and can only be repaired with nerve grafting.
- Fifth degree: The most severe form of nerve damage can lead to lifelong disability and little chance of repair, even with surgery.
Paralysis can be caused by the more severe forms of nerve injury and, depending on the severity, could be partially restored over time and with physical therapy. However, if you have a fifth-degree nerve injury that results in paralysis, you are facing a permanent injury and a life full of challenges. Some of the types of paralysis are:
- Complete paralysis is where you cannot control or move the paralyzed muscles at all.
- Partial paralysis is where you have limited control and feeling in the affected muscles.
- Localized paralysis is when just one part of your body is affected, like your feet, hands, face, etc.
- Generalized paralysis is where a large portion of your body is paralyzed. Common forms of generalized paralysis include monoplegia (where one limb is paralyzed), paraplegia (where you are paralyzed from the waist down), and quadriplegia (where all four limbs are paralyzed).
Nerve injuries and paralysis are commonly caused in several types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall or other accidents in your workplace
- Medical malpractice in surgery or treatment
- Medical malpractice in a nursing home or similar facility
Those who suffer from nerve injuries and paralysis have some of the most severe and life-changing consequences, and compensation for these damages is typically high in value. Our clients suffering from paralysis or severe nerve damage often receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Long-term medical costs, including surgery, physical therapy, wheelchair, and other devices
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Alterations to home and vehicle to accommodate for the injuries
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are dedicated to defending the rights and relentlessly pursuing the maximum compensation for victims of paralysis or nerve injuries. With over 20 years of experience, we are trusted by our clients to treat them with compassion, honesty, and respect while aggressively fighting on their behalf. Our personal injury cases are all taken on a contingency-fee basis – you owe no legal fees unless we are successful. Contact us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.