The injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III represent Cape Cod residents who have been hurt in many types of accidents, including those that result in paralysis and other catastrophic harm. We have more than 146 years of combined legal experience and a hard-earned history of successfully representing clients in these matters. Our lawyers are deeply aware of the pain and stress that these situations can cause for both the injured person and his or her family, and we fight tirelessly to help ease their burdens by seeking legal remedies for them.
Paralysis is a medical term used to describe the loss of muscle function in parts of a person’s body. It can be complete or partial and may affect one or both sides of the body. The condition is typically caused by a stroke or a traumatic injury to the neck or spinal cord. As one may expect, paralysis has a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle and may drastically limit the person’s ability to care for him or herself. While those suffering from lower limb paralysis (paraplegia) can generally carry out everyday activities with the help of a wheelchair, persons who are paralyzed in both the arms and legs (tetraplegia/quadriplegia) typically need a dedicated caretaker.Seeking Compensation through a Negligence Claim
A person who has become paralyzed as a result of an accident may have the right to seek legal remedies from those responsible. Whether it is a negligent car driver, a property owner whose slick floors led to a slip and fall accident or a construction site employer who subjected workers to unsafe conditions on the job, a person or entity that causes a devastating accident should be held responsible. Among other relief, a paralyzed person can potentially seek money damages for medical bills and the cost of personal care, as well as missed wages for time away from work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
In certain cases, the family of a person hurt in a serious accident can also recover damages for the lasting impact that their loved one’s injuries may have on their lives. Massachusetts law also allows the family members of a person who has been hurt or killed in an accident to seek damages for “loss of consortium.” These claims are designed to compensate a family member for the loss of the victim’s companionship, support, love, and guidance.
Most accident cases center on claims for negligence, a legal theory through which a person or entity responsible for the accident can be held legally liable for the injuries caused. To prove negligence, the person suing (the plaintiff) has to show that the person or entity being sued (the defendant) caused the accident by breaching what the law calls a “duty of care,” and the quantifiable costs and losses were incurred. Drivers, for instance, owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. Doctors and medical staff, similarly, are expected to provide services that rise to a certain level based on their training and experience. A person or entity that does not live up to the standard of care is likely to be deemed negligent and liable for any harm that results.Legal Guidance after an Accident in Massachusetts
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our Massachusetts attorneys have been representing clients in car accident claims and other injury cases since 1994. Our track record of success includes a number of six- and seven-figure settlements for clients who suffer traumatic injuries. We have a hard-earned reputation in the local and legal communities for providing comprehensive representation services. If you have been hurt in an accident, our attorneys can help. We are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. Our lawyers are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.