Paralysis is a life-changing medical condition that can severely disrupt a person’s way of life. If you have been left paralysed by an accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to claim compensation. Here at PDA Law, we understand how difficult adapting to life with a paralysis can be, especially when you know that your injury could have been avoided. Whether you were injured in a road traffic accident, a fall, or an accident at work or home, our dedicated solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. Although the money you receive won’t undo the damage that has been caused to you, it can take away the stress of any financial pressures that your family have been forced to endure and help pay for equipment and alterations that could help you to live a more independent life.
What is paralysis?
Paralysis is defined as the loss of movement in one or all of the body’s muscles. Depending on the cause of the paralysis, the paralysis may be temporary or permanent. The main symptom of paralysis is complete loss of feeling in one or more of the body’s limbs.
What are the most common causes of paralysis?
The most common cause of paralysis is stroke, but other causes include trauma to the head or the spine. Spinal cord injuries are particularly likely to result in paralysis. The spinal cord is responsible for transporting nerve signals from the brain to other parts of the body; spinal cord injuries disrupt the cord’s ability to transmit signals, thereby causing paralysis below the level of injury. Head injuries that cause damage to the areas of the brain responsible for controlling movement can also cause paralysis. Common causes of head and spinal injury include road traffic accidents, sports injuries, assaults, falls, and accidents at work and at home. Regardless of what kind of accident you were involved in, if your paralysis was due to another person’s negligence or incompetence, you are entitled to make a claim.
What are the main types of paralysis?
There are four main types of paralysis. They are:
- Monoplegia: Monoplegia is a type of paralysis that only affects one limb. It usually affects arms and is typically the result of a neurological illness or damage to a part of the brain responsible for controlling movement.
- Hemiplegia: Hemiplegia is paralysis of one half of the body. It is particularly common in stroke victims and typically affects the arm and leg of either the left or right side of the body. This type of paralysis can be temporary.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia is paralysis in the legs and the pelvis; it is usually the result of an injury to the spinal cord in the lower back. Patients with paraplegia may continue to feel pain and other sensation in the legs if the injury that caused the paralysis was incomplete. Incomplete paralysis occurs when some nerve signals are able to get past the level of injury and reach the intended limbs.
- Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia is the most severe form of paralysis. It is caused by injury to the spinal cord in the neck. Paralysis occurs when nerve signals from the brain are unable to travel along the spine; because the injuries sustained by quadriplegics are located so high up, nerve signals aren’t able to get to the arms and legs, resulting in full paralysis. Like paraplegics, quadriplegics may continue to feel some sensations in their limbs if their spinal injury is incomplete.
What effect does paralysis have on a person’s life?
Paralysis of one or more limbs severe disability that has the potential to seriously reduce a person’s quality of life. If you have been affected by paralysis, you may be able to claim compensation if you were involved in an accident that was not your fault. The money you receive can help you to retain some of your independence by funding adaptive technologies, therapies and adapted accommodation. The amount of money you will receive will depend on the extent of your paralysis and how much care you are likely to require in the future.
How can PDA help me?
Our team of friendly, highly dedicated professionals are experts in the field of serious injury law. We understand how life changing a paralysis injury can be and will work tirelessly to ensure you are given the compensation you deserve. Your case will be treated with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion and our solicitors will be on hand to make sure you have the best legal representation possible when it comes to making your case. Contact us today by calling 01244 373373. Alternatively, fill out our online contact form to let us help you get the compensation you deserve.