Paralysis is the loss or impairment of voluntary muscular power. Depending on the cause, paralysis can affect a specific muscle group or a much larger area. Paraplegia is the term used to describe loss of muscle function in the legs. Quadriplegia is the term used to define muscular function in both the arms and legs.
Additionally, paralysis is often accompanied by the loss of feeling in the affected area. Paralysis is generally caused by damage to the nervous system, and especially to the spinal cord. Many medical conditions can lead to paralysis including cerebral palsy, ALS, spina bifida, etc. However, paralysis is often caused by trauma to the spine.
Spinal cord injuries may come from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, discs in the spinal column, or there may be damage to the spinal cord. If there is a serious hit to your spine that fractures or compresses your vertebrae then you likely will have a spinal cord injury.
Gunshot wounds or stabbings can also do this to the spinal cord. There may more problems that arise if there is either bleeding or swelling around the spinal cord. The spinal cord is comprised of soft tissue that is surrounded by bones and it goes from the base of your brain, which is comprised of nerve cells that get transmitted all of your body. The end of your spinal cord comes to a halt at your waist.
Tracts in the spinal cord will relay messages between your brain and your body. Sensory tracts transmit signals, such as pain and sensation, from your brain to your body, so you can see how people can lose feeling and sensation if there is trauma that causes a disruption in the signals being transmitted.
In particular, if there is damage to the nerve fibers, this will impact some, if not all, of your muscles and nerves beneath the place where you were injured. A chest or low back injury can have a big impact on your torso and legs, whereas a neck injury has an impact on your arms and breathe.
We recognize that paralysis can be a devastating, life changing diagnosis. Often paralysis is caused by work related injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. Medical expenses, loss of income, emotional distress of the patient and loved ones can be immense.Symptoms and Treatment
Diagnosing Paralysis can be rather obvious-the loss of muscle function in a region of the body or of multiple limbs. Tingling or numbing sensations may precede paralysis as well as shrinking muscles. Treatments can be wide ranging depending on the cause of the paralysis. Surgery, amputation, muscle relaxers, and physical or occupational therapy are all treatment options.Statistics on Paralysis
Every year about 12,000 new people will suffer a spinal cord injury. Presently, there are around 270,000 people who are living with a spinal cord injury. Of those people who have suffered a spinal cord injury, about 40% of them are from car accidents. In second place, with around 28% of people, are those who have fallen from height. Sports injuries, in particular football, come in third.Common Reasons for Paralysis
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Crosswalk accidents
- Falls from a roof at a construction site
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction Accidents
- On the job injuries
- Worksite injuries
- Crane accidents
If you have been injured to the point you are suffering paralysis, or if you’re completely paralyzed, it’s likely from one of the above-listed reasons. Paralysis is a serious condition that will not likely just go away with time. Most of the time you will have to receive extensive medical care to either cure you or treat your injuries from paralysis, but getting connected with the right medical care is crucial.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance companies, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. Feel free to call for a free consultation. We will devote ourselves to achieving justice and the maximum financial award for your case. The Jackman Law Firm can help you obtain:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
It may seem unthinkable after your car, truck, or construction accident that you could be blamed, either entirely or in part, for your injuries, but that is sometimes what happens in these cases. If that is the case and you are facing these difficult allegations, then you need an attorney who has the experience and resources to fight for your case.
We can interview the police or any witnesses. We can obtain relevant documents, including subpoenas, that may prove you were not at fault for the accident. Feel free to call for a free consultation so we can discuss how we can best help you.