We’ve all heard the term paraplegic, but we don’t all have a good idea about what that term means. Paraplegia can occur following an accident where there is damage to the spinal cord. In this case the damage occurs from the T1 vertebra and below.
This means there is some degree of paralysis that occurs to the lower part of the body. The legs will be affected, and in some cases (depending on the extent and part of the spinal cord affected) there could be paralysis of the trunk as well. We tend to think the paralysis will be total in all cases, but this isn’t necessarily true. Indeed, some people suffer partial paralysis which means they could lose some feeling in their legs and possibly the trunk, rather than becoming completely paralysed.
What situations might result in this happening?
Paraplegia can potentially happen in any accident where someone experiences a hit to their back or possibly their neck. An accident in the workplace is rare but it can happen. It is more likely in the isolated cases where those in charge do not take care of their duties with regard to health and safety. For example they may neglect to do risk assessments that would highlight and be able to avoid any danger of an accident of this severity happening.
Car accidents or other severe incidents like this could also result in injuries to the spinal column. When this occurs paraplegia can be one of the potential outcomes. Even if the injuries cause partial instead of total paralysis, there is a good chance the person involved will be injured in a way that will lead them to adjust the way they live their life.
Could this type of injury lead to paraplegia compensation?
Paraplegia compensation can make all the difference to the life of someone who has suffered this degree of injury. There is a good chance that someone’s life will be irrevocably changed once they have suffered this injury, since they will be dealing with paralysis to some degree.
Accident Advice Helpline could put you in contact with one of our lawyers who has experience in this area. Call now on 0800 689 0500 so you can speak with someone who has the experience you would need if you want to consider getting compensation for an accident someone else caused you to have.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead