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Have You–or Someone You Love–Been Paralyzed Due in an Accident? Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

The Stano Law Firm represents Southeast Texas residents who have suffered paralysis due to the negligence of another person or company. Our dedicated Houston personal injury lawyer understands the catastrophic nature of these injuries on a victim and their families. And that is why our team is dedicated to helping those victims obtain full and just compensation from the parties that put them in this position. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

How Do Paralysis Injuries Occur in Houston?

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Motor vehicle accidents–including those involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists–are a leading cause of paralysis cases in Texas. Specifically, any injury to the spinal cord carries a risk of paralysis. But paralysis may also result from a head injury or even a stroke that disrupts the flow of blood to the brain.

With respect to spinal cord injuries, paralysis occurs when the damage severs a connection between the brain and another part of the victim’s body. Fortunately, not all spinal cord damage leads to paralysis. And even in cases where there is paralysis, that does not necessarily mean the patient is unable to move at all.

Neurologists classify paralysis by the “completeness” of the injury. Complete paralysis means that all feeling or ability to control movement is lost below the area where the spinal cord sustained damage. In contrast, incomplete paralysis means that some feeling or control remains. If a victim suffers paralysis in their legs and pelvic organs, that is referred to as paraplegia. If the paralysis also extends to the arms and hands, it is quadriplegia.

What Are the Warning Signs of Paralysis?

Anytime that a person has trouble getting up or moving around following a sudden trauma, such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall, they should seek emergency medical attention. It is critical not to take chances when there is any risk of paralysis. First responders will often immobilize an accident victim at the scene if there are signs or symptoms of even partial paralysis.

Some of the warning signs of a paralysis injury include:

  • loss of movement
  • numbness in any extremity
  • loss of bladder or bowel control
  • sudden muscle spasms
  • difficulty breathing
  • sudden and intense pain the back, neck, or head
  • problems walking or maintaining balance

It is important to understand that paralysis injuries are not always immediate. An accident victim may be able to move around freely after the initial trauma, only to start experiencing symptoms several hours later. Again, if you even suspect that you sustained a spinal cord or similar injury in an accident, you need to see a doctor right away. Never assume the problem will just “go away on its own.”

Seeking Compensation for a Paralysis Injury

Anytime you are injured by the intentional or negligent act of another, you have the right to seek compensation under Texas law. Compensation covers both your economic and non-economic damages. Your damages are your losses attributable to the injury. Damages are often quite substantial in paralysis cases due to the permanent and life-altering nature of the injury.

Through a personal injury lawsuit, a paralysis victim can seek:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes reimbursement for all past and future costs associated with the treatment of the paralysis, including any rehabilitation or devices necessary to help the victim get around in their daily life.
  • Lost Income: Many paralysis victims are unable to return to their previous jobs or occupations. They are entitled to compensation for their lost wages and other income, as well as their diminished capacity to earn a living in the future.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Not all paralysis-related losses are easy to quantify. These include the victim’s ongoing pain and suffering, their inability to perform daily activities of living, and even the loss of their previous hobbies and leisure activities. All of these losses may be compensated through an award of non-economic damages.
  • Punitive Damages: If a paralysis injury was the result of deliberate (criminal) or especially egregious misconduct, such as drunk driving, the victim can ask a Texas judge to award punitive damages as a means of punishing the defendant for their actions.

Contact The Stano Law Firm Today

Houston paralysis injury attorney Matt Stano is a former Texas prosecutor who now brings his years of experience and commitment to justice to help accident victims and their families. Since founding The Stano Law Firm, he has successfully recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for his clients. Contact him today for a free, no obligation case review. With a law office in Houston, we handle paralysis injury cases throughout Southeast Texas.