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Washington, DC Paralysis Lawyer

A sudden, catastrophic accident that leaves someone paralyzed is a life-changing event that not only affects the victim, but also deeply affects the victim’s family. Besides dealing with an onset of medical bills from the accident, the victim and their family must also grieve the life they once knew. For victims of paralysis, everyday tasks such as bathing, driving, and household chores must be relearned. The relearning extends to victim’s families as they have to help their loved ones navigate a new normal.

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Paralysis can happen for many different reasons. However, if a catastrophic accident due to someone else’s negligence left you or your loved one paralyzed, then you have the right to compensation. You should not have to foot the bill for ongoing medical treatment because of another person’s negligence.

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The Regan Zambri Long Washington DC spinal cord injury lawyers have a profound understanding of what you are going through. They have extensive experience with paralysis cases and will work hard to secure the maximum damages to make sure you and your family are not financially burdened with medical bills. Recently they obtained a $10.6 million settlement for for an automobile collision resulting in paraplegia, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to the plaintiff.

Call Regan Zambri Long today for a free consultation with a seasoned personal injury attorney. The caring lawyers will show you and your loved one the utmost compassion, while relentlessly fighting for your rights.

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What is Paralysis?

Paralysis is when there is a problem in your nervous system and you are unable to make voluntary movements. About 1 in 50 Americans, which is 5.6 million people, live with some sort of paralysis.

There are varying degrees of severity that people experience. Partial paralysis, or paresis, is when someone has control over some of their muscles. Complete paralysis is when the victim does not have control over any of their muscles. Some victims experience temporary paralysis and may regain partial or full movement over time. Others never fully recover and have to live with permanent paralysis.

Common types of paralysis are:

  • Diplegia: Paralysis that affects multiple limbs or areas on both sides of the body (i.e. both arms or both legs).
  • Hemiplegia: Paralysis that affects multiple limbs or areas on just one side of the body (i.e. your arm and leg on the same side of the body).
  • Monoplegia: Paralysis of only one limb.
  • Paraplegia: Paralysis that affects both legs and sometimes the torso.
  • Quadriplegia (tetraplegia): Paralysis that affects all limbs. Victims of quadriplegia have little to no movement from the neck down.
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What Are the Causes of Paralysis?

The direct cause of paralysis is injured nerve cells. In a fully functioning body, uninjured nerves send signals to your muscles. Those signals make your muscles move. When you suffer from paralysis, your injured nerves are not able to send the signals to your muscles to make them move. In turn, you cannot move certain parts of your body.

Spinal Cord Injuries that Cause Paralysis

According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation, one of the two most common causes of paralysis are spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury is when there is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal cord. A majority of these injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, which account for 38% of spinal cord injuries per year.

Washington DC and the surrounding areas see thousands of travelers on their roads per day. People commute into the city for work. Government officials conduct business at the Capital, and thousands of tourists travel to visit DC every day. With a greater volume of commuters comes a greater risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

Some of the most dangerous accidents in Washington DC and across the country are head-on collisions, which is when two vehicles collide while driving in opposite directions. Another serious crash are side impact collisions, or “t-bone accidents.” Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia are also major hubs of different truck routes. Because a commercial truck or tractor trailer can be 23 times the size of a regular sedan, the chances of suffering a severe spinal cord injury that causes paralysis are higher if you are involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle.

If you were involved in a car or truck accident in Washington DC that left you paralyzed, call the Regan Zambri Long paralysis lawyers right away. They will make sure you are compensated for medical costs, lost wages, and loss of future income.

Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice

The DC Metro area is home to some of the best hospitals in the country, including Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC. However, even with leading medical care, unfortunately medical malpractice still sometimes occurs.

Injuries due to medical negligence can lead to paralysis. Types of injuries include:

How Much Does it Cost to Live with Paralysis?

Paralysis following a car accident, medical injury, workplace injury or other catastrophic event comes with a sudden influx of expenses. Paralysis victims and their families are left to cope with extreme financial stress. Immediately following the event that caused paralysis, the victim may have to pay for:

  • Hospital stay, including trauma care
  • Spinal surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair
  • Ongoing medications
  • There are also costs no one really thinks about in that first year after a catastrophic incident. Living accommodations near your loved one’s hospital, eating out every night, hotel and hospital parking, tolls, and gas all add up to thousands of dollars spent. In addition, the paralysis victim is not earning their typical wage and loved ones may not be able to work in order to provide support to the victim.

    According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, it can cost the paralysis victim up to $1 million in their first year, depending on the severity of the paralysis. After the initial year, the average cost of living could continue to over $100,000 per year, depending on the type of paralysis.

    Life for the paralysis victim can be difficult to navigate. Financial stress on top of that is nearly impossible. Speak to a lawyer at Regan Zambri Long today. They will work hard to make sure you are awarded the maximum amount of compensation so the financial burden can be taken off your shoulders and you can turn your focus to healing and rebuilding your life.

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How Can a Regan Zambri Long Lawyer Help Me?

After suffering paralysis from a major accident, the victim and their families are most likely going to be overwhelmed with calls from insurance agencies, medical workers, police officers, and anyone else who has interest in the case. The first thing your lawyer will do is take over all communication. They will inform all interested parties of your legal representation and any further communication will go through them. This leaves you and your loved ones time to heal and focus on the future.

Your lawyer will work to secure damages for:

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in the Washington DC area or the surrounding counties? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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