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Paralysis is the medical term for a complete loss of muscle function. Our Alabama paralysis injury lawyers see injuries that are both “partial” and “complete” paralysis. It depends on whether all or part of the body is affected. Terms like paraplegia, quadriplegia, and tetraplegia describe the parts of the body affected by paralysis.
If you have been in an accident that has caused you to suffer from complete or partial paralysis, you may be entitled to funds for your medical costs, living expenses, and pain and suffering. An Alabama paralysis injury lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you obtain money for the extensive medical care and assistance that paralysis victims require. Paralysis can be caused by an auto accident, workplace accident, or disease. When paralysis occurs, the muscle function often will not completely return. In most cases, a paralysis patient loses the ability to perform one or more basic life functions. The patient needs help in order to walk, perform manual tasks, care for oneself, speak or breathe. They might be unable to work.
Call our Alabama paralysis injury lawyers today at 205-933-1500 for a free initial consultation or use our online contact form.
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move voluntarily. A victim may be unable to use muscles, tendons, or joints that normally control body movement. It happens when there is a break in the central nervous system between the brain and the muscle. When paralysis is caused by damage to the spinal cord, parts of the body below the point of damage are adversely affected.
- Paraplegia – Paraplegia is paralysis that affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Some who suffer from paraplegia can still walk with a cane or walker. Many victims are confined to wheelchairs. Paraplegics lose sensation or use of affected limbs. They may also suffer from sexual dysfunction and incontinence.
- Quadriplegia – Quadriplegia is also called “tetraplegia.” The arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all paralyzed. It is usually caused by trauma near the top of the spine. However, it is possible to suffer a broken neck without becoming a quadriplegic. Quadriplegics normally suffer from sexual dysfunction and incontinence. They also have problems with breathing. Quadriplegics’ immobility can lead to additional physical and psychological problems.
Common Causes of Paralysis and Its Effects
A break in the central nervous system that leads to paralysis is often caused by a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries are common in automobile, motorcycle and boating accidents. They also arise from workplace accidents, falls, violent attacks or sports injuries. Jobs that require repeated lifting, pulling, pushing, bending and twisting can increase the risk of back injuries such as damage to the spine and spinal cord. Paralysis can also be caused by disease of the muscles, brain or nervous system.
Paralysis from a point in the chest (thoracic injury) or lower back (lumbar injury) can affect the torso and legs, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function. If the paralysis occurs from a point in the neck (cervical injury), it would also limit movements of the individual’s arms and, possibly, their ability to breathe.
Suffering an accident or disease that results in any degree of paralysis is a major life-changing event. Paralysis victims require expensive medical help, including drugs and therapy. They may need assistive devices for personal use. Patients may require splints, wheelchairs or hospital beds. They may also need to adapt their homes to the requirements of their limited mobility. Some paralysis patients need extensive in-home health care.
Let Our Alabama Paralysis Injury Lawyers Help You
People who suffer from paralysis require years and sometimes a lifetime of medical care and skilled assistance. This treatment and therapy can be extremely expensive. If your paralysis resulted from an accident that someone else caused, it is extremely important for you to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney.
An Alabama paralysis injury lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you obtain the money necessary to assist you with ongoing medical expenses and loss of income. Call us today at 205-933-1500 or use our online contact form. Our serious injury attorneys provide free initial consultations.