Posted On: April 30, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Firm: More Americans Living With Paralysis than Previously Thought

Paralysis is a serious condition that can render a person unable to move parts of his or her body because he or she got injured or sustained a disease. Work injuries are leading cause of paralysis—especially among workers in the construction industry, industrial industry, trucking industry, and other industries requiring that a worker engage in intensely physical or dangerous labor.

If you became paralyzed in a work accident, there is a very good chance that you are entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. These payments should help you get the medical care that your injuries require and also provide you with some compensation while you recover.

If your paralysis injury is a permanent one that prevents you from being able to return to your job, your employer is supposed to give you proper compensation. The best way to make sure that all of your future needs are taken into consideration is to have experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer working for you—because once you settle, you can't negotiate further.

Paralysis in America
It turns out that there are more Americans living with paralysis than what previous estimates indicate. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation says 1 in 50 Americans lives with some kind of paralysis, which can be caused by SCI’s. That’s almost 6 million Americans—a much higher figure than the nearly 4 million that was previously estimated.

Spinal cord injuries, a common cause of paralysis, also occur more often than previously thought, with 1.275 million people in the country suffering from SCIs. Work injuries rank first as the leading cause of SCI’s, with traffic collisions and recreational/athletic activities coming second and third. Other conditions that cause paralysis include multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, stroke, and cerebral palsy.

Living with some form of paralysis is never easy and losing your job because you can no longer work not only takes away your source of financial support but it can take away part of your identity, your family's livelihood, and irrevocably alter your life.

One in 50 Americans Lives With Paralysis,, April 20, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Allow the Law Offices of Steven J Malman & Associates to make sure that you get all of the Illinois workers’ compensation benefits that you are owed so that you can live the best life possible under the circumstances.

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