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Spinal cord injuries and permanent paralysis are not uncommon in catastrophic car crashes. If you are facing a lifetime of limited mobility due to a car accident, discuss your legal options with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney.
What Is the Difference Between Complete and Incomplete Paralysis?
Paralysis after a car crash may be complete or incomplete. With complete paralysis, there is no sensation or movement below the injury site. However, when paralysis is incomplete, there may be some sensation or motor functioning below the injury site.
Some patients may recover some movement or sensation, while others are rendered disabled for the rest of their lives. However, treatments available can help improve the overall quality of life.
What is Paraplegia?
When the injury occurs below the first thoracic spinal nerve, the victim may become paralyzed from that point down. Paraplegia usually affects the abdomen and legs. It can cause bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction. The victim still generally has full use of hands, arms, and shoulders.
What is Tetraplegia or Quadriplegia?
When the injury occurs above the thoracic spinal nerve anywhere up to the neck, the injury victim may suffer paralysis affecting the arms, legs, and trunk. A person who develops quadriplegia may suffer dysfunction of the bladder, sexual, bowel, and respiratory system.
Regardless of whether the victim has paraplegia or quadriplegia, their ability to move and function depends on two factors:
- The exact location of the injury
- Whether paralysis is complete or incomplete
These factors generally determine both the prognosis and the type of treatment.
Complications of Paralysis
Autonomic Dysreflexia is a life-threatening complication and affects people who have suffered a spinal cord injury at the middle of the chest or higher. It is caused by a problem with the autonomic nervous system that controls body functions such as breathing, blood pressure etc.
It may be challenging to come to terms with paralysis, which can lead to depression.
Sex Life and Fertility
While some people may have a normal sex life and can have children even after developing paralysis, some develop problems with sex life and fertility.
Treatment for Paralysis
Some car accident victims may recover sensation and their ability to move. However, many patients require extensive treatments to manage the condition and accompanying complications. Patients often require long periods of physical therapy and rehabilitation. They may also need devices to help them perform critical functions such as breathing and bowel movement.
Living with Paralysis
While the areas of the body affected and the severity of paralysis differ from one car accident victim to the next, there are some common traits. The medical care required to treat paralysis is extensive and expensive, physical therapy is generally needed to help restore as much mobility as possible, and the injured party must learn how to adapt to their new physical limitations. Tasks that were once simple to perform will now be a struggle and can take years to get accustomed to.
Compensation for Future Medical Costs
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, consult with our St. Louis Paralysis Attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We understand not just the financial strain from medical costs but the emotional and psychological changes you face. Ongoing medical care may last for years and, in some cases, will be necessary for the rest of your life. Our attorneys can fight for you to be compensated for medical expenses and advocate for your pain and suffering and the complete change in your quality of life.
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