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What Kinds of Injuries Cause Paraplegia and Quadriplegia? 

Posted on October 07, 2022 in Personal Injury

Rockford Car Crash Injury LawyerWhile some people are born paralyzed, the vast majority of paralysis occurs because of an accident. When someone has gone their entire life enjoying the full use of their limbs, a sudden transition to full or partial paralysis is devastating. In addition to the loss of enjoyment from activities like sports, hobbies, and exercise, people who suffer from sudden paralysis as the result of an injury often struggle with depression, expensive and long-term medical treatment, relationship loss, and permanent changes to the type of work they are able to do. 

If you or someone you love suffers from full or partial paralysis as the result of a recent accident or medical incident, contact an Illinois personal injury attorney to learn whether you can seek justice against the responsible party. A personal injury lawsuit will not bring back full mobility, but it can help compensate victims by providing the funds they need to adjust to their new life. 

Paralysis Caused by Injuries

Both partial and full paralysis can be caused by injuries to the spinal cord or brain when these injuries are severe enough that they interrupt normal communication between the brain and the limbs. The most common cause of paralysis is car accidents, but paralysis can happen in other ways, too. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Falling, especially for construction workers 

  • Sports injuries 

  • Injury during a crime, such as an armed robbery 

  • Medical malpractice, such as errors during surgery close to the brain or spine

While exercising appropriate precautions while driving, participating in sports, or during activities like camping and hiking can prevent some incidents of paralysis, severe injuries are often caused by the negligent or dangerous behaviors of a third party. 

How is Paralysis Treated? 

In addition to the lack of mobility paralysis causes, it also generally requires expensive, difficult, and time-consuming treatment. While paralysis is rarely reversible, such treatment can help victims manage their symptoms and learn to cope independently as much as possible. Treatment options often include: 

  • Physical and occupational therapy 

  • Mobility devices

  • Medication 

  • Surgery 

A personal injury lawsuit may be able to help victims of paralysis recover the funds they need to pay for ongoing treatment, as well as in-home or residential assistance. 

Contact a Rockford Paralysis Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

An injury or medical mistake that causes paralysis changes lives in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one have suffered from partial or full paralysis following an accident, contact a Winnebago County personal injury lawyer who can help determine liability and whether you can hold someone responsible for your medical treatment, wage losses, pain, suffering, and more. Call Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS at 815-215-7561 today. 




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