The aftereffects of a car accident can be life changing, especially when your injury has caused a permanent disability.
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 a Missouri auto accident attorney.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
The spinal cord carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body to control movement. Paralysis is usually caused by damage to the brain, spinal cord, or both, preventing communication with other body parts. Permanent paralysis directly impacts quality of life. The term paralysis describes the loss of muscle function in some parts of the body. Where the injury was sustained and its extent will determine how severe the paralysis is. Movement may be lost from the waist down or even from the neck down. Paralysis from a car accident may be a temporary condition that improves over time as swelling is reduced, or paralysis could be permanent if the pathways for communication have been severed.
Living with Paralysis
While the areas of the body affected and the severity of paralysis differs 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 required 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 car accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We understand not just the financial strain from medical costs, but the emotional and psychological changes that you are facing. Ongoing medical care may last for years, and in some cases, are necessary for the rest of your life. We will fight for you to be compensated for medical expenses and will advocate for your personal pain and suffering and the complete change in your quality of life. Call us today at (314) 361-4242.