Lawyers for Injuries Causing Paralysis
The consequences of paralysis can be far reaching, and can cause financial, emotional, and physical issues for the victim. Often injuries resulting in paralysis are the result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, either through a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or a recreational activity accident.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis occurs when something disrupts the nerves signals to the muscles, which results in the patient unable to make voluntary movements. In injury law, we see this most often when someone suffers from a spinal cord injury. The level of sensation maintained after an injury dictates the classification of the spinal cord injury:
- Complete Paralysis
This refers to the complete loss of sensation below the injury. This is when you can’t move or control your paralyzed body parts at all.
- Incomplete Paralysis
This refers to partial loss of sensation below the injury, and is also known as partial paralysis. In this instance, you’ll have some control over the muscles in the affected body parts.
Paralysis can then be categorized into the areas of the body that have been affected:
- Generalized Paralysis
Generalized paralysis is a group of conditions that affects multiple areas of your body. This can include quadriplegia, paraplegia, tetraplegia which can often be the result of a spinal cord injury.
- Localized Paralysis
Localized paralysis is when the paralysis affects a specific area. This often happens due to stroke, where the sufferer is paralyzed in their face or vocal cords.
Common Effects of Paralysis Injuries
Paralysis doesn’t always mean the loss of muscle function. Some other common effects include:
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty speaking
- Involuntary spasms or twitches
- Loss of motion
- Trouble balancing
It is possible to experience muscle recovery through rehabilitation and specialized medical care after a spinal cord injury. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you access the appropriate rehabilitative services, but will also work with your treatment providers to ensure that adaptive technologies for mobility and living assistance are suited to your needs.
Life will change after a paralysis diagnosis, but our team is committed to guiding you through this experience.
Free No-Obligation Consultations for Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, or Paralysis Sufferers
Life as a quadriplegic or paraplegic presents many complex challenges requiring extensive therapy and medical treatment. Our Injury Law Team has decades of experience working with people suffering from paralysis, and we know that not all injuries are the same. We’re here to listen to your story and explain your legal options, and can help you understand what kind of compensation is available to you for your injury.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are suffering from paralysis, contact our Injury Law Team for a free personal injury consultation. We’re here to help. We have offices in Grande Prairie, Fairview, Edmonton, La Crete and Spirit River. We serve all of Alberta, including Fort McMurray, Grande Cache, High Level, High Prairie, Manning, Peace River, Sexsmith, Slave Lake, and Valleyview.