Paralysis may be the result of a back, neck and in some cases head injury. Generally speaking, paralysis occurs because of the severe damage inflicted on the spinal cord. Paralysis is not always permanent and in some cases, it is temporary and not complete. Some paralysis victims may experience a partial loss of sensation (sensory), and function (mobility). Paralysis can affect various parts of the body depending on the location where the spinal cord received damage.
Injuries that result in paralysis can have devastating consequences for the victims and their families. The victim will require long term medical care, as well as, financial and emotional support from their family. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and are suffering from paralysis, contact a Fresno paralysis lawyer today to discuss the merits of your case.
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis is the loss of strength and control over a muscle or group of muscles. Paralysis is classified into two categories: complete or incomplete. Symptoms of paralysis vary based on the injury site. Because paralysis affects a muscle or group of muscles, many body functions can be affected. Some of the problems that can occur alongside paralysis include:
- Problems with blood flow, breathing, and heart rate
- Loss of normal function of organs, glands, and other tissue
- Changes in muscles, joints, and bone
- Skin injuries (bed sores from the inability to move)
- Blood clots in legs (due to injury and lack of movement)
- Loss of urinary and bowel control (due to loss of feeling)
- Sexual dysfunction (due to lack of mobility and loss of sensation)
- Problems with the vocal cords, speaking or swallowing
- Behavior and emotional changes
Common Causes of Paralysis
Movement of the body is controlled by signals relayed from the brain. The brain, spinal cord, nerves, and junction between the nerves and muscles are a relay system. When any part of the relay system becomes damaged, signals do not make it through to the muscle and paralysis occurs. Common accidents that result in paralysis include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Work accident
- Head injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Sports accidents
Types of Paralysis
There are many types and degrees of paralysis. Common types of paralysis include:
- Complete paralysis occurs when the muscles cannot be moved, muscle control is lost, and never comes back.
- Temporary paralysis occurs when some muscle control returns.
- Flaccid paralysis is when muscles become flabby and shrink
- Spastic paralysis is when muscles are tight, hard and jerk around oddly and spasm.
Paralysis can occur in any part of the body and it’s classified either as localized (affects only one part of the body), or generalized (effects a wider area of the body). Examples of localized and generalized paralysis include:
Localized paralysis – often affect areas such as the face, hands, feet, or vocal cords.
Generalized paralysis – is decided on how much of the body is paralyzed.
Monoplegia – affects only one limb. An example is one arm or one leg.
Hemiplegia – affects one side of the body. An example is the leg and arm of the same side of the body.
Diplegia – affects the same area on both sides of the body. An example is that both arms or both sides of the face exhibit paralysis.
Paraplegia – affects both legs and sometimes parts of the trunk.
Quadriplegia – affects both arms, legs, and may affect the entire area from the neck down. The function of the heart, lungs, and other organs could also be affected.
Speak With A Fresno Paralysis Attorney
Paralysis changes your life, this is why the Grossman Law Offices examines every aspect of the accident that caused your paralysis injury. Insurance companies will make every effort to limit the amount they owe injury victims by disputing liability and challenging the amount of damages. Experienced paralysis and spinal cord injury attorneys at the Grossman Law Offices know that their client’s get one opportunity to achieve a settlement or judgment that will cover their future needs. At the Grossman Law Offices, we consult with a variety of experts, such as life care planners, economists, medical experts, and vocational rehabilitation specialist’s to determine and quantify our client’s past, present, and future losses. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights please contact Fresno personal injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices today to schedule your free consultation.