What are the causes of Four Types of Paralysis?
There are several causes of the four types of paralysis, but the most common are stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury, and multiple sclerosis, according to Cleveland Clinic. Other causes include peripheral neuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, cerebral palsy, toxins/poisons, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
What is Paralysis?
MedlinePlus states that paralysis is “the loss of muscle function in part of your body.” It occurs when there is a problem with the way messages pass between your brain and muscles. A person can be either completely or partially paralyzed, meaning they can be paralyzed in one or multiple areas of their body.
What are the Symptoms of Paralysis?
The symptoms of paralysis depend based on the cause of it. Someone suffering a stroke or spinal cord injury will be either partially or totally unable to move the affected body parts. In general, paralyzed patients may experience:
- Muscular atrophy
- Muscle stiffness
A paralyzed individual may lose control and feeling in their muscles over time. They may also experience tingling and numbing or muscle cramps before they lose control of their muscles.
The Four Types of Paralysis
Healthline states the four types of paralysis are:
- Monoplegia: One arm or one leg is paralyzed
- Hemiplegia: One arm and one leg on one side of your body are affected
- Paraplegia: Both of your legs are paralyzed
- Quadriplegia/tetraplegia: All four limbs are paralyzed
Paralysis is not always a permanent condition, but it can affect someone for a long time. Patients may require medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover from paralysis.
Accidents that can cause Paralysis
The following are different accidents that can cause someone to become paralyzed:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If someone were involved in an auto accident, for example, a rear-end crash, they may sustain life-altering injuries such as paralysis. Car accidents can be so severe that someone’s spinal cord may be severed, resulting in partial or complete paralysis.
Slip and Fall Accidents
If a person were to slip and fall due to a liquid spill, weather conditions, or another reason, it can result in paralysis. The spinal cord can be affected by the fall and lead to paralysis. The same can happen in a trip and fall accident due to an uneven surface, torn or ripped carpeting, broken steps, or another reason.
There can be numerous hazards in a workplace that can cause paralysis. Someone may slip or trip and fall, an object can fall on someone, or someone may be struck by machinery, resulting in a neck or back injury that causes them to be paralyzed.
Medical-error Related Accident
Medical Malpractice can lead to paralysis. For example, a doctor can make a medical error that leads to a neck or spine injury, and a patient can become paralyzed.
Defective Product Accident
A defective product can cause paralytic injuries. Furniture, tools, and heavy equipment are examples of products that can severely harm someone and lead to paralysis if they were not built properly.
You deserve compensation if a preventable accident caused you a certain type of paralysis. Another party can be held accountable for their negligence.
Consider Legal Assistance if you or a loved one is Paralyzed
A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer with our firm can advocate for you and pursue a monetary award if a person or entity’s negligence caused you paralytic injuries. We will seek financial recovery for your injuries and losses, which include paralysis and more. Other damages you may be eligible to receive compensation for are:
- Lost Wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of travel to and from medical appointments
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Mobility aids
- Household services
One of our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers would be happy to take on your case, handling the entirety of it. You have suffered enough and should not have to file a claim or lawsuit alone, adding more stress to your life. Some of the tasks we would handle on your behalf include:
- Investigating the circumstances surrounding your paralysis
- Gathering evidence
- Interviewing witnesses
- Filing a claim
- Negotiating with insurance companies if they are offering too low a settlement
- Filing a lawsuit if an insurance adjuster refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement
- Calculating your losses
Our legal team wants to bring you justice and fair compensation after suffering severe injuries that someone else is responsible for.
Contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today for Legal Help
If you are looking for legal representation following your avoidable paralysis, look no further, as we are well-equipped to protect your rights. We will tirelessly fight for the settlement or court award you deserve. You should not be expected to pay for your treatment and other damages when you are suffering from paralysis through no fault of your own.
Do not wait to take legal action as you have a limited amount of time to do so. Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a) generally gives victims of negligence four years to file a lawsuit to collect compensation.
Call us at Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today for a free, no-risk, no-obligation consultation at (954) 633-8270. A member of the team will discuss your case with you, learning the facts of your accident, and inform you of how we can help. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your case. We want to ease the financial burden you are facing.