Erie, Pennsylvania Paralysis Injury Lawyers

Accomplished Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Accident Victims Who Have Sustained Paralysis Injuries in Erie, PA 

Paralysis is a catastrophic injury, causing loss of motor function in one or more muscles. Paralysis is often the result of an accident that results in damage to the spinal cord or brain. Paralysis may be temporary or permanent, and this injury has a life-changing impact on the individual going forward.

Sometimes paralysis is the result of an accident, such as a motor vehicle accident, a biking accident, or a slip and fall. Other times, paralysis is the result of medical malpractice. When negligence caused the accident that results in paralysis, the injured party is protected under personal injury law, and can recover damages for their injuries and other losses.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our injury attorneys fight tirelessly on behalf of those injured in accidents due to negligence. A paralysis injury requires lengthy medical treatment and our team is dedicated to recovering full and fair compensation for victims of accidents and those who suffered injury due to medical malpractice.

Recover Full And Fair Compensation For Paralysis Injuries Caused By Negligence

When you or a loved one has suffered a paralysis injury because of someone else’s negligent actions — from a distracted driver car accident to a negligent doctor or hospital — you may recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. By filing a personal injury claim or a medical malpractice claim, you may seek to recover damages for any of the following losses:

  • Medical expenses
  • Hospital bills 
  • Bills for surgical procedures
  • Cost of rehabilitation
  • Future anticipated medical expenses that are a result of the accident or negligence
  • Cost of prescription medications 
  • Expenses for lab work, X-rays, diagnostic testing, and imaging
  • Emotional pain and suffering 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Physical pain
  • Loss of income  
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of one’s enjoyment in life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of earned vacation time 
  • Loss of earned sick time 

Paralysis injuries often result in significant emotional pain and suffering. Because these losses do not have an exact monetary value, the Pennsylvania court will consider all aspects of your claim to assign a value to those losses. If you have questions regarding the compensation you may be entitled to receive under the law, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Types of Paralysis Injuries 

Paralysis is caused by an injury to the spinal cord or brain. The primary forms of paralysis are as follows:

  • Paraplegia: a paralysis injury often caused by damage to the thoracic spinal cord. Paraplegia most often impacts only the lower half of the body, which results in the loss of full use of the legs. Paraplegia can also result in problems with sexual function and bladder control.
  • Quadriplegia: a paralysis injury that is often caused by damage to the upper cervical spine. Quadriplegia impacts all four limbs of the body. Quadriplegia can also result in breathing difficulties that may require the victim to use a ventilator.

Paralysis is an injury that may be sustained in an accident that is caused by another person’s negligence, or by a medical professional who fails to provide proper care.

When Negligent Behavior Results In Victim’s Paralysis, We Hold The At-Fault Parties Accountable For Their Actions

When you or a loved one has suffered paralysis because another person or entity behaved negligently, you deserve justice. Attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. aggressively fight on your behalf to recover every penny that you are entitled to under the law. Our skilled team is compassionate, dedicated, and strong in the belief that no one should suffer harm because of someone else’s recklessness.

Our experienced legal team knows all the tactics that insurance companies use to try and avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. We take them on and work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure your financial future.

We are available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and discuss the process of holding the negligent parties accountable. Schedule a free case evaluation today with a member of our team.

About Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Erie County and is not only the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania — Erie is also the largest city in northwestern Pennsylvania. The city of Erie is located on the south shore of Lake Erie. Erie is known as “Gem City” and is also referred to as the “Flagship City”. The local economy in Erie includes various industries such as technology, manufacturing, health care, service industries, higher education, and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions About Paralysis Injuries In Erie, Pennsylvania

FAQ: My paralysis was the result of medical malpractice. How much time do I have to file my claim in Pennsylvania?

Every state has different legal deadlines for filing civil claims in the state. These deadlines are known as “statutes of limitations” and they vary depending upon the state, as well as by the type of underlying claim that is being filed. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for personal injury and medical malpractice claims is two years from the date the injury occurred. In cases of medical malpractice, it is not uncommon for the injured party to be unaware that the injury they sustained was caused by negligence, or for the injured party to recognize that the injury occurred at that time.

So, Pennsylvania laws for medical malpractice claims allow that the two-year timeframe for filing a claim starts at the point in time when the injured party became aware or should have been aware that the injury occurred due to medical negligence. Medical malpractice claims filed in Pennsylvania may not be filed more than seven years from when the injury occurred, regardless of whether the injured party was aware or should have been aware that the injury was caused by medical negligence.

FAQ: I suffered paralysis in an accident with two other vehicles. Do I have to file more than one injury claim?

When an accident involves more than one negligent party, the claims process can become complicated quickly. Accident claims must be filed against each at-fault party, and it must be determined what level of fault each party shares. To understand the process and determine what level of compensation you may recover for your injury, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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