A spinal injury with paraplegia refers to a situation whereby the injured person receives an injury to their spinal cord that leads to them losing sensation in their legs. In some instances, they may also lose feeling in their trunk. Paraplegia can potentially happen if the injury occurs to the T1 vertebrae and the spinal cord in that position, or at a position below that point.
Someone who loses the feeling in their legs may have to adjust to life in a wheelchair. Both electric wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs are available, and some people may use a combination of both depending on their requirements, their strength and their own preference.
Adjusting to a spinal injury with paraplegia
The period of adjustment a person needs will depend on their own outlook on life, what happened to them and how significant the changes will be to the way they live. It might also depend on who they have around them, since a significant support network will help them in many day-to-day ways.
The individual might also start to think about the accident they suffered that led to the spinal injury occurring. Was that accident just bad luck? Was it down to the actions of someone else who unwittingly caused them to suffer the injury? No one would cause an accident deliberately, which is why we refer to such things as accidents.
Call us today to find out if compensation could be possible
Adjusting to a spinal injury with paraplegia takes time. It also means adjusting to many changes in your life. You may not be able to return to the job you did before. You may not be able to live in the home you lived in before. There may be financial costs you hadn’t thought about and the need for ongoing medical support and care as well.
Calling 0800 689 0500 puts you in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, so you can benefit from more than 16 years’ experience in the field of personal injury claims. You can also call on a mobile on 0333 500 0993. With a chance to see if an award for compensation could be made, it’s worth making that call as soon as possible. We always provide support on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means you won’t have any financial risk to take on if you claim.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen