Injuries involving paralysis often necessitate a lifetime of treatment and care. Make sure you explore your legal options in order to be compensated for such expenses.
Paraplegia involves paralysis of both legs as a result of a spinal cord injury (there may be some exceptions) and is usually caused from the trauma of a serious accident. Of course, it can occasionally result from some type of illness. While most people who suffer from either paraplegia or quadriplegia (paralysis resulting in total loss of use of all limbs and torso) are confined to a wheelchair, there are a LOT more costs associated with such a serious, lifelong injury. If someone else’s negligence caused this injury, why should you and your family have to pay these exorbitant expenses?
Overview of paraplegia and quadriplegia.
When a person receives damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots or serious injury to the nerve roots in a cauda equina, paraplegia often results. The term “paraplegia” in the strictest sense refers to paralysis of both legs and most commonly results when a person suffers spinal cord injuries. When the damage is located in the cervical area of the spine (the neck), the person may suffer from quadriplegia. One third of all injuries to the spinal cord result in quadriplegia.
The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, with between 1,000 and 1,500 occurring every year. The portion of the population that is affected the most is males between 15 and 35 years of age.
Symptoms and related injuries.
The most common and most obvious symptom is paralysis and other motor disorders. Quadriplegic and paraplegic victims also often have lingering pain, sensory disorders (affected sense of touch, pain, recognition of hot and cold temperatures, and gross tactile discrimination), as well as genital and sexual disorders. Both men and women may experience a lack of sensation, and for men this can mean they lose their ability to achieve an erection especially when the location of the injury is the spinal cord’s sacral region. A very common problem for women is lack of menstruation, but after one to nine months fertility may return.
Additional symptoms and related injuries include:
- Muscular atrophy.
- Urethral and anal sphincter disorders.
- Disorders with the respiratory process.
- Disorders within the autonomic nervous system.
When a person suffers from a spinal cord injury, the damage is quite often permanent. This means that the victim and his or her family must make lifestyle changes to accommodate the injuries so the individual can live as normal a life as possible. This might include things such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, physical therapy, transportation issues, and even remodeling the home in order to allow easier mobility for the paralyzed victim. Income replacement is also an issue if the injured person was the primary breadwinner or even contributed substantially to the family income.
All of these items are expensive, and if the accident was due to the negligence of another person, employer, or entity, a personal injury lawyer can help by enlisting the services of a life care planner, rehabilitation expert, and/or other medical professionals in order to help an individual obtain the compensation to which he or she is entitled. You need to take these cases very seriously and hire a lawyer with the requisite experience with these type of cases. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to win your case.
If you have been paralyzed in an accident due to the negligence of another person or company, our firm can help you file a lawsuit in order to secure the compensation necessary to live with your injuries now and in the future. You only get one shot at a lawsuit, and we ask that you allow us to help you with it. Call our office today at 1-877-405-4313.
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