When a traumatic event interrupts the connection between your brain and your muscles, you may experience paralysis as a result. After sustaining a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, for example, you can lose valuable nerve or brain function, which may compromise your mobility and control.
If you’ve been paralyzed by an accident, you understand paralysis can take away much more than your ability to move. At Spohrer Dodd, we can help you offset the damages caused by paralysis, and take the first steps towards securing your future.
What Is Paralysis?
Paralysis is any loss of strength and/or control in a muscle or set of muscles. It is typically caused by nerve damage in or near the brain or spinal cord. Depending on which nerves are damaged, you may experience different types and degrees of paralysis. These include:
- Partial paralysis or “paresis,” in which you still have some control of your muscles
- Complete paralysis in which you cannot move your muscles at all
- Temporary paralysis in which your nerves recover, and some or all muscle control is restored
- Permanent paralysis in which nerves are irreparably damaged and effects last forever
- Flaccid paralysis, which causes the muscles to droop and shrink
- Spastic paralysis, which causes the muscles to move erratically, or spasm
Where Can Paralysis Occur?
Any part of your body can become paralyzed after a traumatic accident. When paralysis affects one particular body part or a small area of the body, it is considered localized. If a wider part of your body is paralyzed, your paralysis is general. General paralysis is broken down into the following categories:
- Monoplegia: one limb is affected
- Hemiplegia: one side of the body is affected
- Diplegia: the same area is affected on both sides of the body
- Paraplegia: Both legs are affected, along with part of the torso in some cases
- Quadriplegia: Both arms and both legs are affected, or the body is affected from the neck down
In many cases, quadriplegia also affects the function of vital organs like the heart and lungs. Still, people with all forms of paralysis can lead happy and fulfilling lives. If you’ve been paralyzed, the appropriate resources can help you move forward after your injury.
What Kinds of Accidents Lead to Paralysis?
Sometimes, paralysis develops over time or in conjunction with other diseases or conditions. Nevertheless, paralysis is considered a catastrophic injury if it emerges during a traumatic accident.
The situations below may lead to paralysis:
- Aviation accidents
- Boating accidents
- Accidents involving cars, trucks, and other automobiles
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
If you or a loved one was paralyzed as a result of another’s mistake or carelessness, contact our attorneys today.
What Kind of Support Is Available?
Unfortunately, researchers have not yet found a cure for paralysis. That being said, there are many options available for treatment and support.
If you’ve been paralyzed, you may be able to take advantage of:
- Mobility equipment
- Assistive care
- Occupational therapy
- New and emerging resources
Like all other goods and services, these support systems cost money. In addition to your new care requirements, you may have lost your job or be unable to work.
Filing a lawsuit can help you handle these costs and losses.
Help Us Help You
Contrary to what you are shown in movies and on television, filing a lawsuit is not always a vindictive or vengeful act. In many cases, those affected by traumatic accidents and medical errors face new financial realities. When this is the case, sharing consequences with the responsible party is fair and just.
Our legal team at Spohrer Dodd can help you obtain the finances you need to live your best life going forward. We are backed by over 150 years of collective legal experience and have recovered over one billion dollars on behalf of clients like you.
Find out if we can help you during a free, no-obligation consultation. Help is waiting for you in our Jacksonville offices, at (904) 637-7721, and online.