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Construction Accidents that Result in Paraplegia

By Matthew Golitko on February 12, 2015

A man in a wheelchairThe lawyers of Golitko & Daly fight for the rights of injury victims and their loved ones in the greater Indianapolis area. When seeking damages in lawsuits involving construction accidents, our lawyers are never intimidated. This is important to consider, particularly after an injury changes your life and the lives of your loved ones forever. Such is the case with construction accidents that result in paraplegia.

About Paraplegia

Paraplegia is a condition in which a person loses sensation and motor function in the lower extremities. This is the result of a major spinal cord injury, generally in the lower or middle portion of the back. The location of the spinal cord damage generally determines from what point of the body the injury victim will be paralyzed.

Paraplegia differs from quadriplegia in that the latter involves loss of sensation and motor function in all of the extremities. Quadriplegia occurs following major injuries to the spinal cord higher up on the spine, often the neck area.

The Causes of Paraplegia Injuries

Paraplegia can occur following any kind of serious work injury that results in major damage to the spinal cord. In a number of cases, this tends to refer to:

  • Falls from major heights
  • Large falling objects
  • Injuries involving power tools
  • Injuries from large equipment and heavy machinery
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Collapses of scaffolding and support structures

Changes to Your Life After Paraplegia

If your back is severely injured and leaves you a paraplegic, you will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Simple tasks that you used to take for granted become new and sometimes frustrating challenges. Some activities as simple as dressing in the morning may require assistance from a loved one to simply get through the day.

In addition to the impact on your personal life, there are major changes to your professional life that need to be taken into account as well. Your career prospects may have to change due to the changes in your mobility and the long-term physical disability that you now face.

Why Compensation Is Crucial After Severe Back Injuries

Seeking compensation after a major injury means receiving money that will cover the cost of medical bills, physical rehabilitation, the cost of future medical needs, and lost future earnings as a result of your injury. The compensation sought will also seek to address the major changes in your general quality of life and any emotional pain and suffering that is associated with the injury that has been sustained.

How Our Lawyers Will Help You After a Construction Accident

When an injury is the result of negligence, our construction accident attorneys will hold the negligent party or parties accountable and seek damages on your behalf. By fighting diligently for you, we can help reform current safety standards and practices in order to avoid future tragedies and injuries. By seeking counsel and guidance from our team, you will receive the peace of mind to move forward and face the challenges ahead.

Speak with Our Construction Accident Attorneys

For more information about your legal options following a serious spinal cord injury, it's important that you contact our team of construction accident attorneys today. At Golitko & Daly, our legal team will ensure that you receive just compensation for the challenges you face ahead.

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