Paralysis is one of the most devastating injuries that a person can possibly endure. A paralyzed individual may have little or no feeling in all or some parts of their physical body. Paralysis is a generalized term that basically means the loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. In addition to a loss of feeling in the physical body, there is the loss of being able to control the muscle or muscle group. When the nerve cells, or neurons, that normally control the muscles voluntarily are unable to move the bodily part, they are said to be paralyzed. When a person has been paralyzed due to the actions of another person – whether occurring through negligent, intentional or reckless conduct – that person must be held accountable for their actions. Compensatory damages may be sought in a personal injury lawsuit. The Sacramento Law Firm of Shepard and Haven represent victims who have been paralyzed by the actions of others.
Possible Causes for Paralysis That May Be Actionable in a Court of Law
When an individual engages in negligent, reckless or intentional conduct that results in the paralysis of another, the victim may seek compensation – and more – for their injuries. These actions may include – and are not necessarily limited to – the following:
- Motor vehicle accident – if the driver of a motor vehicle was driving in a manner that was likely to produce the outcome and the driver knew or should have known that the conduct was risky, punitive damages may be considered
- Sports accidents – if an illegal “hit” in a football or other game resulted in paralysis in another player, the party who inflicted the illegal contact knew or should have known of the potential results and may be liable for damages
- Violence – if a perpetrator strikes another – for example, with a baseball bat – or shoots them with a gun – it is likely that paralysis might occur. Thus, a personal injury claim is appropriate, possibly seeking punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – when a driver has little or no control over a vehicle and they are driving over the legally allowable limit for alcohol, they may be strictly liable for such conduct. Barring that, they may be guilty or driving recklessly and without regard of the consequences of their actions, thus likely to result in an accident of this nature
- There are numerous behaviors that may ultimately result in paralysis. The individual who is responsible for the actions may be liable for monetary damages in a civil law suit as well as criminal charges
Contact Shepard & Haven For a Free Initial Consultation to Review Your Case and to See if Damages May Be Available
The Law Firm of Shepard & Haven has been helping individuals with their most difficult needs for more than 35 years. We believe in our clientele and we believe in doing everything we can to make the injured party whole. While money will never bring back a healthy body, it certainly can help the injured victim live a better lifestyle. One of the fundamental purposes of the theory of torts law is to “make the person as whole as possible” once again. If an injured party has money for medical treatment and transportation and rehabilitation, life will improve considerably. We have accident reconstruction experts who can help prove exactly what happened at your accident. We will seek the maximum dollar amount possible. And remember, there are no legal fees unless we win your case prior to court by settling with the insurance companies, or we will strive to reach a verdict in court. To schedule an appointment with a Sacramento paralysis attorney at Shepard & Haven, call 916-877-9443.