What are Your Options After Suffering a Disabling Amputation Injury? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

What’s worse than being dead?  Suffering from traumatic paralysis and being a prisoner in your own body.  According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis — approximately 6 million people. That’s the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Paralysis can occur from a traumatic brain injury, a car accident injury, a slip and fall accident or even an accident at work. 


An example of a work paralysis injury that our personal injury firm handled was when a railroad conductor suffered paralyzing injuries when an engine hit him while he was inspecting his own train in a rail yard. The paralysis to the man’s arms and legs was permanent, leaving him and his family with large medical expenses for his entire life.


When someone suffers an injury from paralysis it’s not just the person’s arms or legs that stop working.  A secondary condition that occurs because of the paralysis may be any medical, social, emotional, mental, family, or community problem that a person with a primary disabling condition likely experiences. These are just a few of the secondary conditions brought on by paralysis.



Bladder management

Bowel care


Skin Care

Sexual Health


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So if you suffer paralysis or loss of feeling in a limb it is imperative that you hire the right personal injury attorney.  One who has experience in going to trial for paralysis the reason being is that paralysis is a life altering injury.  You may need to go to a rehab center, work with a physiatrist or even need lifetime care for your injury. 


What if it is not you that suffers the amputation but a loved one?  Any time a family member becomes paralyzed, your world turns upside down. A new set of stressors enter your life and the world as you knew it is changed. When this happens to your young child or teen, it can seem overwhelming. So what do we, as amputation injury attorneys, do when we take on a client who has suffered paralysis?  We make it our mission to gather the evidence and work with the necessary witnesses to maximize the compensation that the law allows someone who suffers from a disabling amputation injury to a leg or arm or other body part.