In simple terms paraplegia means below waist level paralysis. In life terms every thing is different.
I handled a case for a young soldier, who I will call John. He was off for the weekend, and got a lift in the back of a friend’s car. The driver had to take evasive action to avoid another car changing lanes. The car rolled over several times, and John, who was not wearing a seat belt was thrown out of the back window. The spinal cord was damaged which left him paralysed below the waist. Continue reading “Paraplegia-spinal injury”
Contributory negligence can reduce compensation significantly when the injury is serious
I have pointed to the effect of a finding of contributory negligence elsewhere. The effect is greatest in the most severe injury cases, because the needs of the injured person are so great, and therefore expensive. If you are found to have contributed a percentage is fixed to identify your share of the blame for the accident, and that same percentage is shaved off the value of your compensation. A clear example of this effect was a motorcyclist who suffered a high level spinal injury which left him almost completely paralysed. Continue reading “Spinal injury”