Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Paralysis can result from a spinal cord injury (SCI), which is one of the most serious injuries you can sustain on the job. Causes of work-related SCIs include any hard impact to the spine, equipment mishaps, motor vehicle accidents, and falling from a scaffold, ladder, or roof.

If such an accident misaligns or breaks your vertebrae, which protect your spinal cord, nerves in the spine can be pinched, compressed, or severed, causing reduced mobility and severe pain. In the worst cases, an SCI can leave a worker completely or partially paralyzed.

A complete SCI leaves you without feeling or mobility below the point at which the spine is damaged. Depending on where the injury is, you could lose sensation and mobility in your legs (paraplegia) or in both your arms and legs (quadriplegia). An incomplete SCI might leave you with some sensation and mobility below the point of spinal damage. Whether you’re completely or incompletely paralyzed, you’re technically entitled to maximum workers’ comp benefits, which include lifelong medical care and a lifelong lost-wage payment equal to about two-thirds of your wages. (Maximum benefits may not be paid in one lump sum settlement but must be dispersed weekly.) You’re also technically entitled to:

  • Professional or non-professional home healthcare
  • Assistive and therapeutic home equipment
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation, in some cases
  • Assistance in purchasing a van equipped for the disabled
  • Assistance with installing home modifications for your disability or with purchasing a handicapped-accessible home.

Fighting the Insurance Company

Because you’re technically entitled to all the benefits listed above, a paralysis claim is one of the costliest workers’ comp claims for your employer’s insurer, which is in business to make money for shareholders, not to pay out astronomically expensive claims. The insurance company might contend that your injury is not work-related or that your paralysis is the result of a previously existing condition. If you’re paralyzed, you’re likely not in a position to go up against these experienced professionals on your own. That’s why we recommend the services of an experienced workers’ comp attorney who can organize and present your medical evidence to work to prove your injury is work related and negotiate to get you the benefits you need and deserve.

Have You Been Injured On The Job In Florence?

If you've been hurt at your job in or around Florence, South Carolina, you can speak with a workers' compensation lawyer. Please contact us online or call our Florence personal injury office directly at 843.488.7540 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our CharlestonConwayMyrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.