Workers’ Compensation for Paralysis Injuries
If you were paralyzed in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for several forms of workers’ compensation benefits depending on the type of paralysis you have. The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have represented thousands of injured workers over the last 40 years. We can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.
Paralyzing Work Injuries
Paralyzing work injuries can happen to workers in almost any industry, including construction, factory, and warehouse workers. The paralysis may either be:
- Complete or Partial – Workers with complete paralysis are unable to move or feel a certain part of the body at all whereas those with partial paralysis have certain limitations but are still able to move that body part to a certain degree.
- Permanent or Temporary – Paralysis may be permanent or it may be temporary, potentially cured with time and treatment.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis can affect various parts of the body. Some types of paralysis include:
- Monoplegia – This type of paralysis affects one area of the body, typically a limb. Workers with monoplegia can move the rest of their body but cannot move or experience sensation in the affected limb. It is often caused by severe injuries, including brain injuries or nerve damage.
- Diplegia – Diplegia affects symmetrical body parts. It usually occurs to both arms or both legs, but it can also affect both sides of the face as well. This form of paralysis can result from traumas such as exposure to toxic substances and brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Hemiplegia – This typically affects the arm, leg or torso on either the left or the right side of the body. Hemiplegia is usually caused by brain damage that leaves one side of the brain unable to control the nervous functioning of the other. Spastic hemiplegia, which causes muscles to become stuck in contraction, may also occur due to brain injuries or nerve damage.
- Paraplegia – Paraplegics are unable to move, walk or feel their lower extremities. Paraplegia also typically results in loss of functioning below the waist, including the bladder and bowels. This type of paralysis usually occurs as a result of damage to the brain or spinal cord that prevents the body from sending signals between the spinal cord and the brain.
- Quadriplegia – This type of paralysis typically affects everything below the neck. Quadriplegics are unable to move their arms, torso and legs. As with paraplegia, it most commonly occurs due to spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries and may be cured, either partially or completely, with physical therapy and exercise, though this is rare .
Workers at Risk of Paralyzing Injuries
Although workers in any industry may suffer paralysis due to a work accident, some workers are at greater risk than others. These include:
- Construction workers
- Delivery workers
- Emergency responders
- Factory and machine workers
- Health care workers
Causes of Work-Related Paralysis
Workers may become paralyzed in many types of workplace accidents depending on the type of work being performed; construction workers may suffer brain injuries from falls, truckers and other transportation or delivery workers may suffer spinal cord injuries from vehicle accidents and those in other industries may also be involved in a variety of workplace accidents that can cause trauma and nerve damage. These paralyzing injuries may be complete or partial and temporary or permanent. Workers who suffer work-related paralysis should discuss their legal options with a qualified Pennsylvania work injury attorney to maximize their recovery.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Fight for Workers Suffering From Paralysis
If you were paralyzed in a workplace accident, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. You may be entitled to various forms of benefits including compensation for your medical bills and lost wages as well as vocational rehabilitation and specific loss benefits. Our compassionate attorneys represent injured workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, contact us online or call 888-PITT-LAW today.
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