Paralysis Injuries

Paralysis is a permanent, catastrophic injury that can change the trajectory of your future in an instant. Paralysis is a spinal cord injury that is generally caused by an immense impact to the back, shoulder, or neck, and traffic accidents, slip and falls, pool accidents, and accidents on the job are often the cause. If you’ve suffered a paralysis injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney today.

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Paralysis Further Defined

The Mayo Clinic shares that paralysis injuries can be either complete or incomplete. Consider the following:

Complete paralysis means that the accident victim completely loses his or her ability to control body movements in the area of the body that correlates with the injury site (and below) and also loses all feeling in this area.

Incomplete paralysis, on the other hand, means that the accident victim retains some sensory and/or motor functioning in the area of the body that correlates with the injury site (and below). Incomplete paralysis has varying degrees of severity.

Further, paralysis can take one of the following two forms:

Quadriplegia –Affects almost the entire body, including hands, arms, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.

Paraplegia – Affects the legs, pelvic organs, and at least part of the trunk.

The loss of sensation and loss of control over one’s bodily movement is often physically, financially, and emotionally devastating and can be excruciatingly difficult to learn to live with. Most people who suffer from paralysis injuries have a long physical and emotional path toward healing ahead.

Secondary Health Concerns

Losing movement in one’s body is an overwhelming consequence to suffer, but paralysis is also very closely related to life-threatening secondary health concerns, including the following:

Control of One’s Bladder

Although paralysis doesn’t curtail one’s bladder from storing urine, the brain will no longer receive messages from the damaged spinal cord. Because the spinal cord is the message center that sends messages from the brain to the body, this damage often leads to issues with bladder control. This lack of control is closely associated with chronic urinary tract infections and can cause kidney infections and bladder stones. Rehabilitation services can teach you new techniques for emptying your bladder according to a schedule and for helping to preserve your overall health.

Control of One’s Bowels

While paralysis will likely leave your stomach and intestines working about the same way that they always have, you’ll need to learn how to regulate your bowels and optimize their functioning for the sake of your health and comfortable daily living.

Control of One’s Circulation

Circulatory problems go hand and hand with paralysis, and this can lead to swelling of your extremities and the risk of developing life-threatening blood clots, including a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. Paralysis can also lead to a potentially deadly rise in blood pressure, which should be closely monitored.

Respiratory Issues

One of the most dangerous secondary health concerns related to paralysis is respiratory concerns that, if the abdominal and chest muscles are affected, make breathing and coughing far more difficult. Medications and respiratory therapy are often prescribed.

Loss of Skin Sensation

Paralysis can leave you unable to register skin sensations that are intended to relay important messages to your brain, including the experience of prolonged pressure or excessive heat or cold. Paralysis leaves victims far more vulnerable to pressure sores, which can quickly become very serious.

Changes in Muscle Tone

Paralysis can lead to significant changes in one’s muscle tone, which can cause uncontrollable muscle tightening or muscle motion (known as spasticity), or can cause loss of tone, which leaves one’s muscles soft and limp (known as flaccidity).

Difficulties Maintaining Fitness and Wellness

The loss of movement caused by paralysis often leads to a far more sedentary lifestyle that makes obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease far greater risks.

Depression

The abrupt changes and physical pain that accompany paralysis injuries make depression and emotional hardship common. This, coupled with the fact that your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, can represent a very serious emotional hurdle.

Paralysis injuries have long-term, overarching effects that are never fully resolved.

A Lifetime of Care

If you’ve been paralyzed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are facing a lifetime of healthcare needs, a lifetime of potentially diminished earnings (if you’re able to work at all), and serious emotional setbacks to come. In other words, your damages can be astronomical and will likely include:

Medical Costs – The medical expenses associated with paralysis are vast, and they begin with emergency care and initial surgery and will almost certainly continue into your future from here. Most paralysis victims require specialized care from paralysis units, and many require home health care and in-home help with the tasks of daily living. Further, secondary health concerns can lead to frequent life-threatening health events. The medical expenses related to paralysis rarely abate with time.

Lost Wages – Many people who are paralyzed aren't able to return to work at all. If you do go back to work, you'll likely need to take a considerable amount of time off as you move through the healing process, and you may face decreased earning potential in the future. Finally, paralysis can derail your career path in short order, which can be very painful emotionally.

Pain and Suffering – There is a considerable amount of physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with paralysis injuries. In fact, pain and suffering are often one of the most difficult obstacles for paralysis victims to overcome.

An Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If someone else’s negligence leaves you with a paralysis injury, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA are committed to employing the full force of their expansive experience and skill in pursuit of a claim resolution that favors your most complete recovery and fullest future. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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