Injuries sustained in an automobile accident can be life altering, both physically and mentally. If a victim of an accident is left permanently disabled, the injuries can affect not only you, but your entire family. Permanent disabilities can leave families stressed over medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, lawsuits, etc. In addition, you may be unaware of the exact impact the accident will have on the rest of your life.
Drivers suffering from a permanent disability after a car crash have likely been the victim of another driver’s negligence, leaving the disabled individual in no way responsible for the collision or injury.
Types of Permanent Disabilities
Permanent disabilities can either be total or partial. Total permanent disabilities result in the victim being unable to return to normal day-to-day activities or work. For example, a quadriplegic is someone who has suffered a permanent disability. A partial permanent disability is one where the victim is able to return to their day-to-day activities, but still suffers some changes to his or her normal way of life. Partial disability can be the loss of a limb or harm to a body part that is eventually recoverable.
Paraplegia:Paraplegia is paralysis or loss of use of the lower half of the body including the legs and feet. This disability usually results in loss of sensation, movement and reflexes. Paraplegics may also lose function of the bowels and sexual function. A common cause of paraplegia is a spinal cord injury incurred during a car accident. Some paraplegics are able to return to work, however the job tasks and positions might be limited for them. Depending on the severity, a paraplegic can either be considered a total or partial disability for a lawsuit or insurance claim.
Quadriplegia:Quadriplegia isa disability where the victim suffers from paralysis of the legs and arms. Quadriplegics have usually suffered a cervical injury in an accident. Quadriplegia is considered a total permanent disability because the victim is unable to return to work or carry out day-to-day activities. These individuals will often need at-home medical care for the remainder of their lives.
Hemiplegia:Hemiplegia is the paralysis of one side of the body. A brain lesion occurring from an illness frequently causes hemiplegia. Brain tumors are common causes of this disability.
Temporary Total Disabilities
There is another disability known as a temporary total disability where a victim has suffered injuries leaving he or she temporarily unable to work or carry out day-to-day activities. As a result of a temporary total disability, the victim will likely lose wages and accumulate a large amount of medical bills during this time. Victims who have suffered a temporary total disability are likely able to receive compensation for monetary damages.
Everyone’s injury, accident and situation are different and your experienced legal team can help you decide your best course of action to take to receive compensation for your injuries. In the State of Florida, if you are permanently or temporarily disabled in a car accident, you can file a lawsuit against a driver who has caused your injury. The driver has most likely violated a traffic law or acted negligently. Your legal team can prove this with a combination of eyewitness reports, police reports, medical records, photos taken at the crash, traffic cameras, etc. Your personal injury attorney will also advise you when it is the best time to file a lawsuit.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Auto Accident Cases
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that resulted in some type of disability as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at the office of Michael T. Gibson can help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.