Motor vehicle accidents are a terrible experience, and paralysis is one of the worst possible outcomes. According to WAFB9, Louisiana experienced 914 highway crashes in 2021. This number represents a rise over the past several years and may continue to increase.
If you suffered a paralyzing injury in a car crash, see below for more information on fighting for compensation. Your life is never the same after debilitating injuries. Do not let medical bills become another burden on your life.
Types of paralysis
There are several categories of paralysis. You might suffer from monoplegia, which affects only one limb; diplegia which paralyzes both sides of the body; hemiplegia, which affects one side of the body or paraplegia and quadriplegia, which affects the legs or all four limbs, respectively. Your damages claim depends somewhat on the severity of your injury, its permanence and the area that suffers from paralysis.
Burden of proof
For catastrophic injury cases, the burden of proof rests on the victim and their legal team. You must show that the paralysis occurred directly because of the motor vehicle accident through the other driver’s negligence. You must expect the opposing insurance company and their legal team to contradict your claim, point to preexisting conditions or question your fault in the accident. This is a difficult part of the process but necessary to receive payment for your medical treatment and quality of life.
Nothing can take away the pain from a paralyzing injury. However, you should not accept anything less than the payment you deserve for your trauma.