Paralysis is commonly thought of as just a result of a spinal cord injury due to trauma, but there are many other ways that a victim can end up paralyzed as well.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury that resulted in paralysis, contact the team at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates immediately to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about how we can help you get the financial award that you deserve for this terrible situations. We understand that money will not fix the problem, but it is important to us that our clients are able to focus on recovery and regaining a sense of normalcy in their lives without being burdened by the stress that comes with navigating these complicated legal issues.
Learn more below about different types of paralysis and the injuries that can cause it, as well as how we will work to calculate the damages owed to a victim and their family based on a variety of different factors. We have a history of success representing clients for a variety of different paralysis-based injuries and will be honored to use this experience to help you get the justice that you deserve. Read about these injuries, and contact us now to get working on your own case.
Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is typically thought of just the result of a spinal cord injury, which is a very common way for someone to experience paralysis, but it is not the only possible cause of this terrible, life-changing effect. Here are just a few examples of causes.
Impact on the Spinal Cord
When a victim suffers from a violent impact to the spine, they risk having the nerves running through the middle of the spinal vertebrae severed, crushed, or otherwise maimed. When this happens, communication between the brain and the body parts below the site of injury is disrupted and can cause partial or complete paralysis depending on the circumstances.
There are a variety of different brain injuries that can disrupt communication with the nervous system and the various extremities of the body. This could be a result of an impact, a drug reaction, a stroke, and many other different things that cause injury to a part of the brain that affects the victim's motor skills.
A stroke can cause serious issues to the brain, and therefore can possibly impact the victim's ability to use their limbs. A stroke requires immediate medical attention to avoid as many long-term impacts as possible, but there is no guarantee of a complete recovery. A stroke may leave the victim paralyzed on one side of their body or can impact areas of the brain that completely disrupt specific areas of the body.
Spinal Cord Tumors
A tumor in the spine can grow against the nerve bundle and put enough pressure on it that it causes either breakage or severe disruption in communication between the brain and the extremities below the site of the tumor. Surgery is often required to remove the tumor, which is a risky procedure in itself because of the possible risks of severing the spinal nerve bundle during the operation.
Types of Paralysis
Depending on where the damage occurred, there are a few different types of paralysis that a victim can suffer. Please note that there are many other ways that paralysis can show itself beyond those listed below, but the following are the most common, especially in personal injury lawsuits in Orange County.
Monoplegia is when a victim loses motor abilities in a single arm or leg.
Hemiplegia is when a victim is paralyzed in one arm and one leg, both on the same side of the body.
Paraplegia is when a victim is paralyzed in either both arms or both legs. There are likely other issues that come along with this type of paralysis.
Quadriplegia, otherwise known as total paralysis, is when a victim is paralyzed in both arms and both legs. In many cases, the victim may suffer from loss of feeling, spasms, and many other significant impacts.
When Should I Contact a Paralysis Injury Attorney?
Call now to schedule an initial consultation where you will be able to speak with an experienced legal professional about the accident that caused the paralysis, the impacts on your life, and how we can help you move forward from here. We look forward to speaking with you, and to helping you navigate this complicated period of life with as little stress as possible.