All work-related injuries are unfortunate, but some injuries such as those that result in permanent damages just seem worse. Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two such examples. Unfortunately, when people suffer such serious workplace injuries that cause them to be diagnosed as paraplegics or quadriplegics, they require lifelong medical care and rehabilitation. Additionally, they are likely to not return to their jobs, which is why they need Florida workers’ compensation benefits.
Understanding These Serious Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Paraplegia is a spinal cord injury that occurs to the thoracic, sacral, or lumbar regions, causing impairment of the lower extremities such as the legs, pelvic organs, and some or all of the trunk. This type of injury is usually described as paralysis from the waist down.
Quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury that is often to the upper vertebrae. This type of workplace injury causes a full loss of function to the torso, upper extremities, lower extremities, and sometimes to the neck. At times, sensory and motor functions are also lost. This type of injury is usually described as paralysis from the neck down.
Both of these injuries are devastating, to say the least, and change the lives of workers forever. When work injuries in Florida like this occur, injured workers need to get compensated for their immediate and long-term medical, care, and financial needs.
Both paraplegics and quadriplegics will require:
- Medical care
- Lifelong health care
- Medical devices or special equipment
- Home alterations to accommodate wheelchairs and equipment
- In-home care
- Cooking, cleaning, and lawn services
When a new car, special bed, and other equipment are needed to help paraplegics and quadriplegics get around, it can be very expensive. Unfortunately, these types of workplace injuries often cause a threat to an employee’s financial well-being, which is why injured workers need to get the most compensation possible after suffering a spinal cord injury.
But the truth of the matter is that insurance companies will always try and avoid paying out as much money as they can. This is why it is critical for paraplegics and quadriplegics to hire a good workers’ compensation lawyer who will do everything he can to obtain the most compensation possible.
Because workers’ compensation claims involving paraplegia and quadriplegia are complex in nature and require extensive experience handling workers’ comp cases, it is critical to your outcome that you contact a workers’ comp attorney who also handles Social Security disability claims.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to work with an experienced South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation and learn more about your rights today.