In any kind of car crash, slip and fall, or other damaging incident, serious
injuries can occur. There are numerous types of injuries, but one of the
most devastating is an injury to the spine and spinal cord. When this
happens, it impacts that person’s future. It is important to understand
the spinal injury and the long-term damage it can cause such as total
or partial paralysis. Each differs in how serious they are and the symptoms
experienced by the victim.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association estimates that roughly 450,000
people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury. Not
all organizations believe this number to be as high; some say it’s
closer to 250,000, but with an estimated 11,000 new spinal cord injuries
occurring each year, this number will continue to grow. Many spinal injuries
occur because of vehicle collisions, falls from heights, sports-related
injuries, violence, and more. The spinal cord injury can result in a total
or partial paralysis. Our
Panama City spine injury lawyers at The Pittman Firm, P.A. explain the differences.
When you suffer a serious spine injury, it can result in a total paralysis.
This is something that impacts the victim’s use of their entire
body from the point of the injury and below. The victim most often experiences
complete and total loss of motor function and sensory function in the
lower extremities, and it can affect the arms, if the point of the injury
is high enough. Both sides of the body are affected by a total paralysis,
making it a necessity to alter a way of life, the home, and the vehicle
to help deal with the difficulties the victim may encounter.
While a total paralysis affects both sides of the body from the point of
injury and below, a partial paralysis may only impact one side of the
body. This means that even below the point of injury, there may be some
control and function over lower extremities including movement of one
leg. Partial paralysis has three different patterns including anterior
cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome, and central cord syndrome. This
type of paralysis is not as serious as a total paralysis, but it can require
changes in the victim’s life to accomplish everyday tasks.
When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, it can be devastating and serious
pain may be a result. The victim may lose feeling in the effected extremities
and have trouble with their breathing. It is important to know how quadriplegia
— paralysis of all four extremities — and paraplegia —
paralysis of the legs and lower half of the body — can impact your
life and what kind of treatment may be available. While there may be no
permanent fix to paralysis, the victim may attend physical therapy to
help them handle their normal tasks without straining or hurting. This
is a long-term solution and takes a lot of effort.
If someone else’s negligence led to you or someone you love sustaining
a serious spine or spinal cord injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit.
Your life can be forever altered by paralysis and you deserve justice
if someone’s reckless actions caused your injury. To learn more
about your injury, the long-term impact, and any kind of legal action
you may be able to take, you can
contact our firm today and speak with us in a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee
basis, so you don’t pay unless we win!