How Does Paralysis Happen?

How Does Paralysis Happen?

When damage to the body results in communication that occurs between the brain and the muscles being impaired, the body may lose its ability to move and/or lose sensation. Paralysis is the term that is used to describe this scenario and spinal cord injuries are the most common way that the body can be harmed where these losses become present. Depending on the extent of the injury, the symptoms of paralysis can vary widely. It can be a temporary condition, a permanent one, or it can come-and-go. It can affect a person’s whole body, only one side of the body, or only the lower half of the body. 

There are many events that can happen which can result in the body being injured and paralyzed. While there are therapies, treatments, and equipment to help people suffering from paralysis, no cure exists. When an injury causes permanent paralysis, the way of life the individual suffering from the condition used to know, before their accident, is stripped away from them. They will have to live their life continually changing the way they do things and adapting to overcome their new set of challenges.

What Causes Paralysis?

Diseases can lead to paralysis, accidents such as automobile accidents, or diving into a shallow pool. The severity of damage to the nervous system will be the determining factor as to how debilitated the victim will be. Internal trauma such as tumors, infections, or neurological issues can be the cause of paralysis. External trauma where the spinal cord is impacted can also lead to paralysis. External events that are highly associated with paralysis include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Playing sports
  • Abuse and violence
  • Medical malpractice
  • Birth defects
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Infection and disease like cancer
  • Strokes

Damage on the spine or near it can lead to paralysis. Fractures, compression, swelling, bleeding, or dislocation are all examples of trauma around or on the spine that are highly associated with an increased risk for paralysis.

Do You Need Legal Representation After an Arizona Accident?

How Does Paralysis HappenIf you or a loved one were injured in an accident in Arizona that was not your fault and were paralyzed, your life is going to change drastically. This is specifically true if you have widespread paralysis causing you to need extensive therapies and treatment and renders you unable to work. The cost of medical care, the need for assistance getting to and from appointments, the loss of income, the cost of medically-necessary equipment like a wheelchair are all considerations that will factor into determining what fair compensation would look like. Your Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG can scrutinize every aspect of your accident and assess your injuries and damages to come up with a feasible number. We will then fight aggressively on your behalf so that you get what you both deserve and need.

The Spanish-speaking, bilingual Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG never accept payment unless we win your case. Call us today and connect with one of our experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers at ELG at (623) 321-0566.