Did you or a loved one become paralyzed after a slip and fall on someone else’s property? If so, you might be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and earning potential, and more. The Austin paralysis injury lawyers of the Loewy Law Firm can help you pursue the money and accountability you’re owed from the person responsible for your losses.

The term “slip and fall” describes someone slipping on a hazard and becoming hurt because of a subsequent fall, often due to carelessness or indifference on the part of the property owner who failed to address the threat. A severe fall can damage the spinal cord, leading to partial or complete paralysis, the consequences of which are often debilitating and require ongoing treatment. At the Loewy Law Firm, we believe no one should have to pay for the cost of an injury that was someone else’s fault.

Our personal injury firm has helped injured Texans get the compensation they need from the people who hurt them since 2005. We understand the physical limitations of a paralysis injury and the frustrations that come with them. You deserve a chance to hold the negligent party liable for the suffering you have endured, and we want to help you do so.

Call us at (512) 280-0800 or contact us online for a free consultation with an Austin paralysis injury lawyer to learn more about what we can do for you.

Common Types of Paralysis Injuries

Paralysis can result from damage to any part of the spinal cord. Despite how it’s often discussed in popular media, paralysis doesn’t necessarily cause a total loss of movement. Sometimes, reduced feeling and sensation occur in one limb but don’t affect all other limbs. Even in this case, a sufferer can be left with a lifetime of discomfort and reduced mobility.

The classification of paralysis depends on the severity and location of the injury. Multiple categories of severity and location determine the type of paralysis injury.

The severity of paralysis falls under two primary categories:

The location of the injury indicates the parts of the body affected by the damage:

Common Symptoms of a Paralysis Injury

One of the most common types of paralysis is paraplegia, which impairs movement in the lower part of the body and often necessitates the use of a wheelchair. Paraplegia can affect one or both sides of the body, depending on the location of the injury, and often causes the following side effects:

Quadriplegia is the most severe type of paralysis. It compromises all bodily functions below the injury site, severely limiting mobility. It can also affect the internal organs and the muscles that control breathing. In addition to these effects, quadriplegia can lead to:

Common Causes of a Slip and Fall

A slip and fall can occur for many different reasons. A property owner’s job is to ensure a safe environment for lawful visitors. They must maintain the property, perform necessary repairs, and warn visitors of potential hazards. When they fail to do so, they put innocent people at risk of serious injury.

Some of the most common hazards that can cause a paralysis injury after a fall include:

Compensation for Paralysis in a Slip and Fall

If the owner of the property where you fell is to blame for your injuries, you can hold them liable for losses like:

You could also potentially recover exemplary damages through a lawsuit, though these are rarely awarded. This financial award punishes the defendant for their misconduct and deters similar actions in the future. However, you must provide clear and convincing evidence of the property owner’s fraud, malice, or gross negligence to be awarded.

Statute of Limitations for a Paralysis Injury

In Texas, the statute of limitations allows a two-year timeframe for filing a lawsuit against another party. That means you have two years from the date of the accident to initiate your lawsuit against the negligent property owner. Failure to file within this window can result in your case being dismissed as untimely.

Contact an Experienced Austin Paralysis Injury Lawyer Today

At the Loewy Law Firm, we know the toll paralysis can take on your emotional and financial well-being. You might be unable to care for yourself or your family and could need ongoing treatment to manage your symptoms and improve your well-being. That is a heavy burden to bear for an accident that was not your fault.

We want to shift that burden onto the shoulders of the person responsible for it. We can protect your rights and aggressively seek the maximum compensation possible. Contact us online or by calling (512) 280-0800, and our experienced Austin paralysis injury lawyer will tell you how we can help you get the justice and accountability you deserve.