Birmingham Paraplegia/Quadriplegia Injury Attorney
We often take our mobility for granted. But in a moment, a serious car crash or other type of accident can cause you to suffer from paralysis. Paralysis is a partial or complete loss of muscle function. Paralysis is a scary situation and if it’s permanent and widespread, it can result in significant treatment. Contact a Birmingham injury attorney who specializes in paraplegia/quadriplegia injuries and can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Types of Paralysis
There are several types of paralysis, but the most common ones are paraplegia and quadriplegia, which are both generalized types of paralysis. Paraplegia, which is caused by a nerve or lower spine injury, impacts the legs and possibly parts of the torso. Quadriplegia impacts all four limbs—the arms and legs—and possibly the neck and torso areas. The cause is usually an injury to the neck or upper spine.
There are also various degrees of paralysis.
- Partial. This is when you have some control of your muscles.
- Complete. You are fully paralyzed and cannot move your muscles at all.
- Temporary. This is when some or all muscle control returns.
- Permanent. This is when muscle control never returns.
- Spastic. The muscles become tight and hard and may spasm.
- Flaccid. The muscles get flabby and shrink.
Associated Issues With Paralysis
When a person suffers from paralysis, it’s not just the fact that they are paralyzed and unable to move. Paralysis comes with other issues as well, such as the following:
- Breathing and heart rate problems
- Changes in how various organs function
- Changes to muscles and joints
- Blood clots
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Behavior changes
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Sexual problems
Causes of Paralysis
Paraplegia and quadriplegia can be caused by various factors, including the following:
- Auto accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Sports accidents
- Toxins and other poisons
- Head injuries
- Chronic medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis
- Cancer and other illnesses
Life With Paralysis
There is no cure for paralysis, which means you will have to adapt in many ways. You may have to rely on the following:
- Physical therapy to stimulate nerves and muscles.
- Occupational therapy to help you perform daily living activities.
- Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters.
- Braces, canes, and walkers to help you get around.
- Voice-activated computers, lighting systems, and other assistive technology.
- Adaptive equipment to help you eat, drive, and perform other functions.
Contact a Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney Today
Being paralyzed to some degree—even temporarily—can be a scary situation. When someone else is at fault for your injuries, it’s important to fight for your rights to compensation. Paralysis can cause a lot of inconvenience and cost a lot of money.
The Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Goldasich, Vick & Fulk will work aggressively to hold the liable parties responsible for all the damages you have suffered from your paralysis and ensure you get the medical treatment you need to recover as much as possible. Schedule a free consultation by calling (205) 731-2566 today.