Few of us can imagine what it would be like to suffer a spinal injury with paralysis. To lose feeling in one or more parts of the body is an overwhelming experience to have, and one that can take a long time to come to terms with. It will depend on where the spinal injury has occurred and how serious it is as to whether the paralysis is partial or total, and which parts of the body are affected.
Paraplegia refers to the loss of feeling in the legs. In some cases, the trunk can also be affected. As mentioned above, this can be partial or total, i.e. the injured person may have some degree of feeling in the lower part of their body, or they could have nothing at all.
What about quadriplegia?
This refers to the condition whereby the injured person loses feeling in all four of their limbs. Again, there could be some feeling in certain areas, or the loss of feeling could be total. Injuries that occur lower on the spine can potentially lead to paraplegia, but there would still be use of the arms. The higher the injury is, the more chance there is quadriplegia could potentially occur.
Anyone who suffers a spinal injury that leads to paralysis will need to change the way they lead their life from that moment on. The degree of change will depend on the injury and the individual situation that person finds themselves in.
Could you make a claim for compensation resulting from a spinal injury with paralysis?
The answer will depend on how your accident happened. Even if you have little or no memory of it, Accident Advice Helpline will help you work out whether a compensation award might be a possibility. Just call on 0800 689 0500 to find out some answers, or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
A spinal injury with paralysis may potentially mean you can receive a high amount of compensation to help you adjust to your new life. It may consider loss of earnings if you must give up your career, and the costs associated with ongoing medical care and support. Make sure you can receive the best amount possible by choosing us. We have over 16 years’ experience behind us, and have handled many claims for individuals already. Let us help you too.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen