Palm Beach Paralysis Injury Attorneys
Help for Paralysis Injury Victims throughout Florida
Paralysis can be caused by neurological or neuromuscular diseases, defects in the circulatory or neuromuscular systems, or disorders affecting the central nervous system. However, traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord are by far the main cause.
These traumatic injuries can occur because of motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of criminal violence, and sports injuries, but medical errors can also cause paralysis. Spinal cord injuries due to medical malpractice can occur due to, among other causes, surgical errors, anesthesiologic errors or because of delayed diagnosis of infections around the spine.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious nerve damage or paralysis due to medical malpractice or an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important to take timely action to protect and enforce your legal rights. The personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group have the experience, knowledge and skill to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. We will fiercely advocate for you as we do everything possible to win all the financial compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Injuries That Cause Paralysis
Paralysis occurs most often because of a traumatic injury to the spinal cord from sports injuries, acts of violence, falls, car accidents, surgical errors and other types of medical errors. Another person or persons’ negligence is often the cause of these injuries, especially in the case of accidents and medical errors.
Spinal Cord Injuries from Car Accidents
Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents account for approximately 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
The impact of a car accident collision can damage the spinal cord by forcing the spine to extend past its normal range of motion. In addition, when an accident victim is thrown from a vehicle and suffers a head injury or his head collides forcefully with something inside the vehicle, the spinal cord can be compressed in such a way that causes serious and permanent damage.
Paralysis occurs because spinal nerve cells cannot send and receive messages between the brain and o the body’s systems for sensory, motor, and autonomic functions below the site of the injury. While some accident victims experience functional improvement after the spinal cord swelling diminishes, many car accident victims sustain severe nerve damage or are permanently paralyzed from their car accident injuries.
If you or a family member has suffered paralysis due to a car accident injury, getting medical treatment, supportive care and rehabilitative services is crucial. Thankfully, compassionate healthcare providers, caretakers and organizations are available for guidance and support. Knowledgeable, skilled Florida car accident attorneys are also available to help you hold the parties responsible for the accident accountable for their negligence and help you obtain the substantial financial resources you need.
Spinal Cord Injuries from Falls on Dangerous Premises
For people 45 years of age and older, falls are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and, overall, they are the second leading cause for all age groups. These life-changing falls often occur because of a dangerous walking surface that could have been avoided had the property owner or manager maintained the premises adequately or posted a warning sign about the dangerous condition.
Under Florida law, property owners and managers have a legal duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for guests, customers and other visitors who are lawfully on their premises. When neglectful owners and managers do not fulfill their legal duty, dangerous conditions, such as irregular or broken walking surfaces, uncovered holes, wet and slippery conditions, obstacles in walkways, broken/uneven steps, obstructions on walking surfaces, and missing or damaged handrails, can cause serious injuries.
If property owners or managers’ negligence results in irreparable harm, such as paralysis, the negligent parties can be held liable for their negligence in Florida courts. In these cases, they may be required to pay large sums of money to compensate injury victims for their past and future medical costs, lost wages or reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, scarring and disfigurement and diminished quality of life.
If you or a family member has been paralyzed from falling due to unsafe premises, you need the best possible legal representation available to ensure you can obtain justice. The experienced Florida slip and fall attorneys of Boyers Law Group can help you achieve justice and receive the maximum compensation allowable under the law.
Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Criminal Activity and Negligent Security
Serious violent acts can cause spinal cord injuries that result in nerve damage, hemi-paresis or paralysis. When these acts of violence occur on commercial premises, the property owners and managers can often be held legally accountable for a victim’s serious, life-altering injuries.
If property owners/managers are aware or have reason to be aware that crimes are likely to occur on their premises, they have a legal duty to provide reasonable security to protect people who are lawfully on the premises from harm. This Includes a wide variety of settings, such as banks, bars, shopping centers, athletic stadiums, apartment complexes, schools, university campuses and many other settings. The kind of security required depends on the specific setting but can include metal detectors, gates, security guards, satisfactory lighting and security cameras.
If property owners/managers fail to discharge their duty to provide adequate security and a violent crime results in a serious physical injury including, but not limited to, nerve damage, loss of a limb/amputation, a spinal cord injury, paralysis, or wrongful death, the injured victim may be entitled to recover very substantial damages.
Our Florida negligent security attorneys have extensive experience successfully advocating for victims of negligent security. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a violent act on someone else’s property where there was negligent security, we can help you recover the substantial damages to which you are entitled.
Spinal Cord Injuries as a Result of Surgical Mistakes
Mistakes during an operation can also cause paralysis. If a nerve is accidentally cut or severed, it can cause permanent nerve damage, hemi-paresis (paralysis of one side of the body), paraplegia (paralysis of lower limbs), or quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs). These injuries represent catastrophic cases of medical negligence.
In Florida, when doctors fail to act as a reasonably careful medical provider of the same specialty would act and cause a patient to suffer serious injury or wrongful death, they can be held legally responsible for their negligence in a medical malpractice lawsuit. For a successful medical malpractice suit, the injured victim needs experienced, skilled medical malpractice attorneys dedicated to holding negligent hospitals and doctors accountable for their negligence.
If you or a family member has been paralyzed due to a surgical error, the Florida medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group will put their experience, talent, hard work and resources to work for you. We will leave no stone unturned, using every lawful resource at our disposal to prove your case. We know you have suffered a tremendous loss and are deeply committed to helping you get the answers, compensation, and justice you deserve.
Spinal Cord Injuries from Delayed Diagnosis of an Infection
If not properly diagnosed and treated, relatively minor infections, such as urinary tract infections, can become very serious. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can in fact lead to sepsis, a life-threatening bloodstream infection, or other serious infections.
Systemic infections can actually affect a person’s spinal cord and lead to paralysis. When, for example, pus filled epidural abscesses form and compress the spinal cord, a neurologic medical emergency results. When the spinal cord is impacted by infection in this manner, prompt diagnosis is essential and a patient will often need urgent surgery to decompress the spinal cord.
The Florida medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group have extensive experience litigating medical malpractice cases, including those involving delayed diagnoses and treatment of serious, life-altering infections that can cause spinal cord injuries.
Anesthesiologist Negligence Causing Paralysis
Anesthesiologist negligence can result in a variety of major injuries including hypoxic or anoxic brain damage, stroke, nerve damage and paralysis. When anesthesiologists fall below the applicable standard of proper medical care, they can be held responsible for any harm that they cause their patients.
The medical malpractice attorneys of Boyers Law Group have many years of experience in successfully representing clients in cases involving anesthesiologist malpractice that results in nerve damage, chronic pain, brain injury, paralysis and wrongful death.
Medical Treatment and Care Expenses for Paralyzed Patients
Although the field of medicine has made great advances in the past ten years, there is still no cure for paralysis. If a nerve is severed or damaged beyond repair, there is no way to replace it. Therefore, treatment for paralysis is focused on helping patients live as independently as possible, with mobility devices, various therapies, and practical care provided to prevent potential complications.
The cost of this ongoing care, rehabilitation, and equipment can be staggering and add up to millions of dollars. Lost wages and lost earning capacity often add significant sums to an injured person’s recoverable monetary damages. These costs, coupled with the emotional toll of a paralysis injury, can be devastating for both injury victims and their families.
Boyers Law Group Attorneys Have Many Years of Experience in Successfully Representing Clients for Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury and been paralyzed from an automobile accident, fall, surgical or other medical error, or other acts of negligence, get the legal help you need by calling Boyers Law Group or submitting the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website.
Our compassionate, experienced legal team has over 25 years of experience in achieving substantial compensation for our seriously injured clients, in all of the aforementioned areas, and will do everything possible to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
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