Catastrophic Car Accident Injuries: Paralysis
Injuries of the spinal cord can occur due to several different reasons, but car accidents are among the most common cause of paralysis and other spinal cord injuries. Car accidents can cause the spine to flex in such a manner that it should not move. This can result in severe damage to your spinal cord. In addition, if the car accident victim's head hits an object within the vehicle, it can compress the spinal cord and tragically result in paralysis.
The car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have assisted a number of clients with severe spinal cord injuries stemming from their car accidents. We understand the catastrophic impact these injuries can have on your day to day life and future and zealously fight to see that our injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Paralysis in Car Accidents
When the spinal cord suffers severe damage in an accident, it can result in paralysis, which is defined as the loss of function of a muscle or group of muscles. A typical paralysis victim will experience loss of feeling and sensation within the affected areas. Paralysis can leave the victim unable to walk and potentially unable to control his or her bodily functions.
Paralysis stemming from a car accident will usually only occur with serious spinal cord damage. The nerves inside the spinal cord are responsible for controlling the muscles throughout the body. Moreover, those within the cervical spine control your upper body movements, while those within the lumbar region control the lower part of your body.
Paralysis can be further analyzed by its degrees. Paralysis injuries are categorized as follows:
- Paraplegia—In this injury, the legs, and at times, the pelvis and other parts of the lower body are paralyzed.
- Monoplegia—This occurs when one limb becomes paralyzed.
- Tetraplegia—In this injury, both the arms and legs are paralyzed. This is also commonly referred to as quadriplegia.
- Hemiplegia—This happens when an arm and leg on one side of the body is paralyzed.
Coping With a Spinal Cord Injury
Car accident victims who have suffered a spinal cord injury should be evaluated immediately by a licensed physician. If the injury is left untreated, injuries can significantly worsen. It is not always easy to recognize a spinal cord injury in the wake of the accident, so seek medical attention for any odd loss of sensation, numbness, tingling, unusual pain, spasms and more.
Your spinal cord injury might require surgery and long term rehabilitation. Your entire life might need to adjust to your injury. Those who sustained paralysis as a result of the negligence of another person or party should seek the assistance of a licensed attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Contact Montlick and Associates and Put Our Law Firm's Over 37 Years of Legal Experience to Work For You!
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the driver responsible for the accident. The Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 37 years of experience that we will dedicate to your case and our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and compassion to enhance your ability to obtain a full monetary recovery.
The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.