Paraplegia is one of the worst conditions the human body can suffer. Paraplegia is the loss of control and mobility of the lower half of the body. Paraplegia is a result of damage sustained in the lumbar, thoracic, and/or sacral regions of the spinal cord. This ultimately results in the permanent disability to move from the waist down. Those affected are usually restricted to a wheelchair, eliminating most primary physical movement without the help of outside assistance.
Common injuries that lead to paraplegia are:
Living with paraplegia may seem like it has obvious downsides, but the injury and disability simply scratches the surface of how catastrophic it can be. For starters, more than half of the people who become paraplegic lose their ability to work independently and earn an income. This is tragic considering the many, many accommodations that will need to be made to live in the same home. A home will require a full-scale remodeling to include anything from ramps to expanded doorways and wheelchair lift systems for two-story homes. Those who intend on driving will need to make adjustments to their vehicle, if possible, or may require a new vehicle altogether.
Without these accommodations however, it’s not uncommon for a paraplegic person to rely entirely on outside assistance such as a live-in physical therapist to tend to their needs. Even this option can be costly. According to recent studies, the first year of costs for this kind of injury can be as high as $300,000 with a staggering $25-30,000 each year thereafter.
Emotional and psychological trauma is very common among paraplegics; it’s not uncommon to experience depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, restlessness and anger especially in the beginning stages. While many recover through physical and emotional therapy, many simply do not. Lasting emotional and physical trauma can weigh heavily both on the victim and their loved ones.
Nobody should have to live with the pain of paraplegia. Most accidents that cause this condition could easily avoided and usually only occur as a result of the negligence and carelessness of others.
Do not be a victim. If you or a loved one has been injured and now have paraplegia, contact an experienced and aggressive lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve. Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. offers experienced personal injury lawyers in New Jersey who can aggressively fight for you. Contact us today for your free initial case consultation and learn more about your rights.