PERSONAL INJURY

New Jersey Paralysis Injury Lawyer

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Have you or a loved one suffered an injury that resulted in paralysis? Was your condition caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct? If so, the at-fault party might owe you significant compensation. Our experienced catastrophic injury attorneys can help you pursue what you are rightfully owed.

For nearly a century, the paralysis attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have earned a reputation for client-centered service and a proven track record of success. We are committed to helping people who’ve been injured get the answers, compensation, and justice they deserve.

Contact us by phone or online today for a free case assessment and learn more about your rights and options under the law.

How You Could Benefit from Working with Our Paralysis Injury Lawyers

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If you’ve suffered injuries that cause paralysis, you likely have significant medical bills, medical device costs, home modifications, and other expenses. If you are no longer able to work due to your condition, you might also struggle to support yourself and those who once depended on your income.

With so much at stake, the paralysis injury lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman are here to  help you pursue the compensation you need. Our attorneys will provide you with knowledgeable counsel and aggressive representation. We have the skills and resources to conduct a thorough investigation, secure evidence to bolster your claim, engage the best experts, and seek a full and fair recovery for you at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.

While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, we will do whatever it takes to pursue the strongest possible case on your behalf.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

From our clients

I would recommend Richard Isolde to my family and friends, and he was accommodating in handling our case. He was always available by text, phone calls, and email. Most significantly, he helped us get what we deserved. Richard Isolde is always there for his clients and does whatever he can to get the job done.

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Richard Isolde worked very hard on my case, making the impossible possible.
He was able to get the full amount up to the policy limit and then get punitive damages in addition. I understand that is a rare accomplishment. I am grateful for that and I congratulate him. Your firm was recommended to me by a friend and I will pay it forward by recommending him as well as PRA.

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I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.

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Types of Paralysis Injuries and Severity

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Paralysis is a condition defined by the inability to control or make voluntary muscle movements. Paralysis can occur locally, in a specific portion of the body, or generally, which means throughout the body, from the neck down. In addition, paralysis can be complete or incomplete, depending on whether the loss of sensation and sensory function is partial or total.

Some of the most common types of paralysis injuries include:

  • Localized paralysis — Localized paralysis occurs when a person loses voluntary muscle movement in a relatively minor portion of the body, such as a hand or foot.
  • Monoplegia — Monoplegia involves paralysis in one limb, either an arm or a leg.
  • Paraplegia — Paraplegia involves paralysis in both legs and other parts of the lower body
  • Hemiplegia — Hemiplegia occurs when the arm and leg on one side of the body are paralyzed.
  • Quadriplegia — Quadriplegia or tetraplegia occurs when a person loses muscle function in both arms and both legs, and potentially in other parts of the body below the neck.

Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. While temporary paralysis, such as Bell’s palsy, may go away, people living with permanent paralysis typically require ongoing care to adapt to their condition.

Symptoms and Impairments Due to Paralysis

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Some of the most common symptoms of paralysis include:

  • Stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or pain in the muscles in the affected area
  • Involuntary twitching or spasms

Some types of paralysis are instantaneous, such as paralysis that occurs after the spinal cord is damaged or severed. In other cases, paralysis can occur gradually. Some of the symptoms of gradual paralysis include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Gradual loss of feeling and muscle control
  • Tingling and numbness in limbs

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Treatments for Accident Survivors with Paralysis Injuries

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While permanent paralysis cannot be cured or reversed, different types of rehabilitative care can help accident survivors adjust to their condition and improve function. If you sustained a paralysis injury, rehabilitative services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy may be able to help you improve your overall quality of life.

Treatment plans for paralysis depend on the type of paralysis suffered and how it affects the body. Your treating physician might recommend adaptive medical equipment to help you increase your mobility and complete tasks that your condition prevents you from doing without aid, such as driving. They might also recommend mobility equipment such as a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or braces to help you get around. If you’ve suffered paralysis in your facial area and can no longer speak properly, voice-activated technologies may enable you to communicate with others.

Accidents and Circumstances That Cause Paralysis Injuries

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A wide range of accidents can potentially lead to paralysis, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Biking accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents

Regardless of the type of accident that caused your injury, if you were left paralyzed because of another person’s careless actions, you have a legal right to bring a civil lawsuit against them. You also have this right if you were paralyzed due to someone else’s effort to cause you intentional harm. If you did not cause your injury or you were only partially responsible for the harm, you shouldn’t be burdened by medical expenses or other damages incurred as a result of these circumstances.

Costs Related to Living with Paralysis

The long-term costs associated with a paralysis injury can be extensive. Depending on the specifics of your case, you might be able to recover compensation for:

Present and future medical expenses

Present and future medical expenses related to your injury, including hospital bills, doctor’s visits, cost of medical and mobility equipment, cost of rehabilitative care, surgery costs, imaging tests and scans, prescription medications, and other healthcare expenses

Lost wages

Lost wages, if you had to take time off work while recovering from the accident and adjusting to your condition

Reduced future earning capacity

Reduced future earning capacity, if you can no longer work because of your condition or if you are no longer able to do the same job that you performed before the accident as a result of your paralysis

Modifying your home or relocating

Modifying your home or relocating to an ADA-compliant home and modifying your vehicle

Pain and suffering

Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and insomnia

Diminished quality of life

Diminished quality of life

Loss of consortium

Loss of consortium

Other non-financial damages

Other non-financial damages

Liability for Accidents Resulting in Paralysis

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If you were paralyzed due to someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional act, they could be responsible for compensating you. To establish negligence, you’ll need to show that the at-fault party had a responsibility to minimize the risk to you. You will also need to show that their actions or failure to act directly caused your injuries. For example, if you were paralyzed in a motor vehicle crash, you’ll need to show that the other driver was negligent, reckless, or behaved in intentionally dangerous ways and caused the accident as a result of their conduct.

Additionally, you’ll need to show that you suffered compensable damages. Compensable damages can be any financial and non-financial losses you sustained as a result of the accident. You can prove that you suffered damages by presenting documents such as medical records, hospital bills, pay stubs from missed work, a personal journal, and other documentation, as well as through fact and expert testimony from witnesses.

It’s essential to understand the potential future costs that may be accrued when living with paralysis. The injuries that led to this condition may require future hospitalization and treatment for unforeseen complications. A skilled lawyer can identify all areas where you can claim compensation.

Time Limits for Filing a Paralysis Lawsuit in New Jersey

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New Jersey has a time limit for filing any personal injury lawsuit, including paralysis lawsuits. This period is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New Jersey is two years. That means you have two years from the date you suffered your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault party.

If you don’t file a lawsuit before the deadline, the court will dismiss your case, and you will lose the right to pursue compensation through the legal system. That is one of many reasons why it’s essential to initiate legal action as soon as possible after your accident.

Our Paralysis Injury Lawyers Are Ready to Help

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Since 1929, the compassionate New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have served people who’ve been paralyzed either at work or due to another person’s actions or inactions. We understand how paralysis can affect every area of your life, from your career to your hobbies and relationships. The paralysis injury attorneys at our firm are ready to fight for compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred.

Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation to discuss your legal rights and options with a member of our team.

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