According to a recent study, there are approximately 1 in 50 people living with paralysis. Paralysis, which is a loss of muscle function for one or more muscles, is one of the most devastating types of injuries one can experience. These injuries are not only emotionally stressful, but can also be financially stressful as well, as these types of injuries often require a lifetime of medical care.
Paralysis can take many different forms. For instance, paralysis can be either localized or generalized.
Examples of localized paralysis include:
Variations of generalized paralysis may include:
Monoplegia - paralysis of one extremity or muscle area
Diplegia - paralysis of corresponding parts that tend to be on both sides of one’s body
Paraplegia - impairment/paralysis in motor and/or sensory function of the lower extremities
Quadriplegia - also known as Tetraplegia, is a paralysis that involves all four limbs. This form of paralysis, may not always result in a overall body paralysis
Hemiplegia - paralysis of the arm, leg and trunk on the same side of the body
Paralysis is generally caused by damage to the nervous system, most often the spinal cord. Because the human spinal cord operates much like a telephone line, relaying information from the brain to the rest of your body, an injury to it can result in paralysis. This is because after the injury, “messages” that had been sent between the brain and a particular muscle can no longer flow where an area of the spinal cord has been damaged. Spinal cord injuries are often classified as either complete or incomplete. Where one suffers an incomplete spinal cord injury, there may be some feeling and movement; however, where one suffers a complete spinal cord injury, feeling is totally lost.
Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis can be caused by many different things. Often times, traumatic events such as a car accident, sporting accident, boating accident, motorcycle accidents, and slip and falls can result in paralysis injuries. Since 2005, motor vehicle accidents have accounted for 42.1% of paralysis injuries, falls have accounted for 26.7% of all paralysis injuries, violence has accounted for 15.1% of paralysis injuries, and sporting incidents have accounted for 7.6% of all paralysis injuries.
Paralysis injuries may have many consequences. For instance, one who has become paralyzed following an accident will often need to undergo a series of physical and occupational rehabilitation. Additionally, after a paralysis injury one may experience a loss of income as they may have to find other ways to support themselves financially. Moreover, paralysis injuries often include mental anguish and emotional distress as the injured party has to come to terms with living with the injury and how his or her life will change as a result.
Paralysis injuries, though tough and catastrophic, do not have to be dealt with alone. If you or a loved one has experienced a paralysis injury we can help you. Contact us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.