Quadriplegia injuries can occur when the spinal cord is damaged to a greater extent than that which would cause paraplegia. The latter will involve the loss of feeling in the legs and possibly the torso as well. With quadriplegia the injured person will also lose feeling in their arms. As such it is sometimes referred to as four-limb paralysis as well.
This serious condition can occur if the spine is damaged in some way. It may also happen as a result of brain damage. Both of these situations can occur if the person is involved in an accident. This could potentially happen while out and about, in a car, while crossing the road (if hit by a vehicle) or even at work. Very few people will ever suffer this degree of injury, and incidents in the workplace in particular are most rare.
Does this condition mean you are entitled to get quadriplegia compensation?
Not necessarily – it is very important to understand how the condition came to be and whether or not you can identify another person as being the cause of that accident. For instance if you were crossing the road when the pedestrian light was green and a driver knocked into you, they would be going through a red light. This would be negligent behaviour and clearly dangerous driving as well.
Work accidents may be identified as having been caused by negligence if there is proof of this to support a quadriplegia compensation claim. For instance, the person in charge of health and safety may have neglected to perform a risk assessment for a particular task. This might mean you were injured when there was no need for you to be hurt at all. A lack of safety equipment, training or possibly other experience or protection could lead to such an injury.
Call now for more information
Finding out more about your injury is very important from a medical point of view. However, it is also important to find out whether compensation might be payable in your case.
When you call the team at Accident Advice Helpline you have a chance to speak to someone who may be able to help you. By calling 0800 689 0500 you can see whether your injury might warrant compensation to some degree. Learn more today by speaking with a professional injury compensation lawyer now to see where you are.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead