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New York Partial or Total Paralysis Lawyers

Have you suffered a serious injury on the job that has left you with total or partial paralysis? In addition to workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to compensation from other sources to cover the significant costs and losses of your injury. Unfortunately, recovering the compensation you deserve can be an uphill battle without experienced legal representation.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has represented paralyzed workers for more than 30 years. We will help you build the strongest workers’ compensation claim possible to pursue full benefits and explore other avenues to safeguard your quality of life and financial future.

Types of Paralysis

Types of Paralysis

Paralysis happens when the nervous system in the brain or spinal cord is damaged, affecting nerve and muscle function. Paralysis is defined based on the limbs that are affected which are generally determined by the location of a spinal cord injury. Types of paralysis include:

  • Monoplegia which affects a single limb.
  • Diplegia which affects symmetrical areas of the body such as both arms, both legs, or both sides of the face.
  • Hemiplegia which affects one side of the body.
  • Paraplegia which affects both legs.
  • Quadriplegia or tetraplegia which affects both arms and both legs. Many people are paralyzed from the neck down.

Paralysis is not always total. Depending on the nature of the injury, some function and sensation may be retained. Paralysis can be described in the following ways:

  • Localized paralysis which affects motor control in a specific area like the face.
  • Total or complete paralysis which is total motor control loss in the affected area.
  • Incomplete or partial paralysis which leaves some motor control in the affected areas.

Common Workplace Accidents that Cause Paralysis

While it can be the result of a stroke or other medical condition, most cases of paralysis are the result of an accident, particularly motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, and sports-related accidents.

Traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis. These injuries are considered catastrophic because they permanently and significantly affect important areas of your life.

The following are some of the most common types of workplace accidents that lead to paralysis:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Falls from a height
  • Struck by objects
  • Caught in or between objects
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Burns

Certain occupations have a higher risk of a paralyzing workplace injury than others. Construction workers, drivers, laborers, warehouse workers, EMTs, and firemen have a higher risk of a serious brain or spinal cord injury on the job.

Compensation for Paralysis After a Work-Related Injury in New York

In most cases, workers’ compensation is the sole remedy after a workplace accident. Workers’ compensation offers benefits that pay for medical expenses and replaces your lost wages. However, disability benefits are capped. Medical benefits only cover necessary expenses, but not all medical costs, and you do not receive anything for your pain, suffering, and anguish.
You may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party injury claim. New York Labor Law also offers additional protection to injured construction workers hurt in a fall, by falling objects, or due to safety violations.

No matter which avenues are available to you, it is important to work with an experienced New York workplace accident lawyer. Your lawyer will help you build a strong claim with medical and vocational evidence, represent you during appeals if needed, and explore all avenues for recovering full compensation.

Contact our Goidel & Siegel partial or total paralysis lawyers for a free case review. Our multilingual attorneys will meet you at our office, somewhere you are comfortable, or during a virtual consultation.

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