An accident can have a dramatic impact on the life of an individual if he or she suffers a serious injury. Paralysis is a life-changing injury that results from spinal cord injuries. Paralysis is the inability to move muscles and is often caused by injuries that affect the motor neurons or nerves that are responsible for sending impulses to muscles. Paraplegia is immobility from the lower half of the body. Quadriplegia is immobility from the neck down.
These situations can be frustrating and frightening, especially when the accident is caused by an act of negligence on the part of another individual. If you or a loved one is the victim of an accident that results in paralysis, we encourage you to contact a St. Petersburg injury attorney at your earliest convenience. If the nerve fibers in the spinal cord are damaged, all actions will be restricted and your life will be greatly impacted.
Common Causes of Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries are the most common cause of paralysis. The causes of spinal cord injuries are varied, but often include car accidents, sport-related accidents, the growth of a tumor on the spinal column, or the development of a disease in the spinal column. Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries result in a loss of all movement and feeling below the site of the injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, does not cause a total loss of movement and feeling still exists below the injury site. Other common causes of paralysis include:
- Surgical error
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home negligence
- Slip and fall
Wide Ranging Effects of Paralysis
Once the degree of injury has been determined, a person is classified as being either paraplegic or quadriplegic. Paraplegic involves the impairment of motor and or sensory functions of the lower extremities. A paraplegic is unable to walk or stand. Paralysis may affect people in different ways. The effects vary based on the location and severity of the injury. The effects include, but are not limited to:
- Limp muscles that atrophy, particularly in the arms and legs
- Loss of control over a person’s bowels or bladder
- Low blood pressure
- Trouble breathing
- Inability to breathe without help
- Inability to feel anything below the damaged area
- Shortened life expectancy
We are dedicated to our clients and want to take every necessary step to help them achieve positive case resolutions.
Pursuing Monetary Compensation for Paralysis
The costs of care for a paralyzed individual are extremely high. Round-the-clock care from nurses and doctors is often necessary and severe cases of paralysis require the individual to use a ventilator at home for the remainder of their life.
If you or a loved one has been paralyzed by someone else’s negligent actions, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit in order to recover damages for your injuries. The high cost of care for paralyzed individuals should be paid for by the person who is at fault for the accident, not the victim.
Retain the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos
We help clients who are suffering from paraplegia or quadriplegia. Your first step should be to schedule a free case evaluation with us, which can provide you with an initial understanding of how we can help. At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered from serious accidents that resulted in paralysis.
No matter what the cause of your accident, we can provide you with the strong legal guidance that you require. We protect individuals who cannot protect themselves, so call us today! You can receive the high-quality representation that we are known for offering.