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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Can I claim for paralysis?


    If you were involved in an accident that has left you paralysed and it was not your fault, then the answer to the question, “Can I claim for paralysis?” could be yes. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today about starting your compensation claim.

    What causes paralysis?

    Put simply, paralysis means the loss of muscle function, often accompanied by sensory numbness in the affected area. Accidents that cause damage to the nervous system are the most frequent cause of paralysis. This includes head injuries, as well as spinal cord trauma. The nervous system can also be damaged by a stroke or by a disease, such as multiple sclerosis.

    Brain injuries and spinal cord trauma

    Motor vehicle accidents, violent assaults, falling from a height and sports injuries are the most common accidents leading to a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. A basic understanding of our nervous system is important in order to understand why these injuries can cause paralysis.

    The brain is our body’s control centre. All of our actions are directed by our brain. This includes our automatic responses, such as breathing, as well as voluntary muscle movement. An injury to the brain can disrupt this functioning. When a part of the brain that controls specific muscles is damaged in an accident, it can cause partial or complete paralysis of those muscles.

    Our control centre, the brain, is connected to the rest of the body by our spinal cord. This is essentially a thick bundle of nerves through which the signals sent by the brain can reach our muscles, telling them what to do. If the spinal cord is damaged or severed, it cannot recover and the messages sent by the brain can no longer reach the muscles.

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    When can I claim for paralysis?

    When asking yourself, “Can I claim for paralysis?” it is important to understand that a compensation claim for this injury will only be successful if you can prove that the paralysis occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. For example, this could be if you are involved in a car accident that was the other driver’s fault and you sustained damage to your spinal cord, which left you with paralysis. Another example would be if you were working in the construction industry, and while on site, an object fell from above and hit you on the head, leaving you with damage to your nervous system, resulting in paralysis.

    How can Accident Advice Helpline assist?

    When you call Accident Advice Helpline, you will speak to one of our professional advisers who can explain the process of making a paralysis injury claim to you. Our adviser will ask you a few questions to help determine the strength of your case and give you advice on how to proceed. We will then appoint a specialist solicitor from our large legal team to take your claim forward.

    All of our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so starting your paralysis claim will not cost you anything. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. You have nothing to lose.

    Date Published: December 29, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.