Paralysis is one of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. If an accident or a medical mistake caused your condition, a Blue Bell paralysis injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation from whoever was at fault. You deserve payment for your suffering, and at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our winning legal team is here to help.
Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and Managing Partner Rich Godshall have a track record of winning millions of dollars in compensation for severely injured victims. For instance, the firm reached a $10 million settlement for a client who suffered spine injuries that limited his ability to walk. We obtained early witness statements and immediately deployed multiple experts to the scene of this explosive crash. We established that the tractor-trailer operator had time to see and avoid crashing into our client’s vehicle at full speed.
Causes of Paralysis Injuries
Many cases of paralysis result from spinal cord injuries. Falls can cause spinal cord injuries in older adults. The most common cause of paralysis for younger people is car accidents. Some people injure their spinal cord while participating in sports.
The spinal cord is a tube that contains nerves connecting the brain to the limbs. These nerves send signals back and forth, allowing the brain and the body to communicate. If the cord suffers damage, communication breaks down, and the limbs no longer respond to the brain’s commands. The extent of the damage depends on whether the nerves are still working or completely shut down.
Some paralysis is not related to the spinal cord. Paralysis could result from a stroke, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and certain birth injuries. Doctor errors, like anesthesia overdoses, surgical mistakes, and tumor misdiagnoses, also could cause paralysis.
Proving Negligence in a Paralysis Lawsuit
To win money for your paralysis, a Blue Bell lawyer will work to prove that someone else caused the event that led to the injury. That party might be a person, a company, or a local government. Often, more than one party contributes to an accident. Your paralysis attorney will investigate the accident, identify all the parties who might be responsible and fight to hold them liable for your losses.
Proving they are liable requires your lawyer to show that they were negligent. Negligence means they were not as careful as they were required to be under the circumstances. Proving that someone was negligent does not mean they intended to injure you, only that they should have been more careful.
Once you have proven that someone was negligent, they must pay for your losses. The type of evidence you need to prove negligence depends on the situation. Evidence that someone did not follow the law, ignored basic safety precautions, or was careless could be proof of negligence. Our experienced Blue Bell paralysis attorneys know how to gather the right evidence for your case and build a bullet-proof claim against the negligent parties.
Defense Tactics for Paralyzing Accident Lawsuits
In some cases, the responsible party might argue that you were negligent too. For example, maybe you injured your spinal cord in a fall down the stairs. You did not notice the broken step because you were texting. The property owner will defend this case by arguing that you shouldn’t have been texting while walking down steps and that this distraction was the primary cause of your fall. In another example, a doctor may fight a malpractice claim by arguing that your failure to comply with medical orders led to a paralysis injury.
The seasoned Blue Bell paralysis attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers will push back against these accusations. We will fight like hell to shift all blame on the party that caused you this serious harm. The law at 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated §7102(a) allows you to collect damages as long as you were less than 50 percent to blame for the accident. Your legal representative will defend your right to the payments you deserve.
Call a Blue Bell Attorney for Paralysis Cases
Paralysis is a life-changing condition. If you are trying to move forward after a severe accident, a settlement or damages award from the responsible party could make a huge difference in your financial well-being and quality of life.
The experienced Blue Bell paralysis lawyers at our firm know how to win maximum damages for accident victims. Reach out to Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers today to discuss your case with a respected attorney for free.