Tulsa Nursing Home Paralysis Lawyer
Passionate Legal Help for Tulsa Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Paralysis
Paralysis is a catastrophic injury that can occur when an elderly or disabled nursing home resident is not given proper care and attention. Paralysis can be partial or total, temporary or permanent. Paralysis means that a person is unable to use one or more of their limbs or other body parts, and typically results from injury to the spine. Residents in a nursing home or other long-term care facility are especially susceptible to injuries that lead to paralysis, and nursing facility staff should be on constant alert to prevent such severe harm from occurring.
If your elderly or disabled loved one is injured while in the care of a home health aide, rehabilitation facility, assisted living facility, nursing home, or other long-term care facility, they might be entitled to monetary damages. The Tulsa nursing home paralysis lawyers at Levinson Law, P.C., will help you investigate the circumstances of the injury that led to paralysis. If nursing home negligence or abuse played a role, we will work with you to build a claim for relief. You and your family deserve to be compensated if a negligent or abusive nursing home failed in its duties and caused your loved one to suffer from a devastating injury.
What Causes Paralysis?
Paralysis is caused by damage to the nervous system, most typically by damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord can be damaged in a variety of ways, and may or may not involve fracturing the vertebrae. A sudden traumatic impact can damage the spine, such as from a fall or physical abuse. The spinal cord can also be damaged by swelling caused by disease.
In a nursing home, paralysis can result from a variety of accidents or injuries caused by neglect or abuse. Common causes of paralysis in a nursing home include, for example:
- Preventable slips and falls
- Physical violence causing neck or spine injury
- Failure to diagnose or treat medical conditions
- Medication or nursing errors
- Falling out of bed or wheelchair
- Defective or broken medical devices such as wheelchairs and canes
Levels of Paralysis
The severity, also called “completeness,” of paralysis is typically a function of where the injury to the spine occurred. The spine acts as a conduit for signals transferred from the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to the spine is like a kink in a water hose — every limb after the injury suffers from the interrupted connection. An injury to the lower spine may cause paraplegia, meaning loss of function of the legs and lower body.
An injury at the base of the neck, on the other hand, can limit or remove functionality everywhere below the neck, also called quadriplegia or tetraplegia (paralysis of all four limbs). Injuries higher on the spine are also more likely to be fatal, for the same reason.
If your loved one suffers from paralysis due to nursing home negligence, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Paralysis can be extremely expensive to treat, especially if a paralysis injury affects organ functionality. The victim may need additional assistance from nurses or medical devices and may require more intensive ongoing care and treatment. Additionally, you may be able to recover for the pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of life enjoyment suffered by the resident. Speak with a Tulsa nursing home paralysis lawyer at Levinson Law, P.C., to discuss your case and your options for legal recourse.
Help With Your Tulsa Nursing Home Paralysis Claim
If your loved one has suffered a paralysis injury due to neglect or abuse in a nursing home, the Tulsa nursing home paralysis attorneys at Levinson Law, P.C., are here to help. Our firm will do everything we can to support you through this challenging and painful time. We will work with you to investigate the circumstances of the injury and help you pursue claims for relief if the damage resulted from negligence or abuse. We can set up a meeting at our offices, in your home, or even in a hospital room–whatever is most comfortable for you. Please call Levinson Law, P.C., to set up a free initial meeting, or use our website’s convenient contact form for a prompt, private response to your questions.