Suffering a paralysis injury is devastating and it can be difficult to come to terms with the impact it will have on your life. If you were the victim of an accident that has left you paralysed and you are looking for paralysis injury advice, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our 24-hour, free legal helpline is staffed by professional legal advisers that can answer any questions you might have about making a paralysis injury claim.
Paralysis means the loss of muscle function in one or more limbs. This is normally also accompanied by a loss of sensation or numbness. There are varying degrees of paralysis, from paralysis in a single limb, to complete paralysis from the neck down, also called quadriplegia.
The loss of motor function is caused by damage to the nervous system. The peripheral nerves in our limbs are capable of regenerating when they are damaged. This means that permanent damage, as in the case of paralysis, normally stems from a severe head trauma or an injury to the spinal cord.
Motor vehicle accidents, sports-related injuries, violent assaults and falling from a height are some of the most common accidents that cause spinal cord or brain trauma.
Living with paralysis
Living with paralysis can be a very difficult adjustment. Things you used to take for granted are probably no longer possible, or at the very least, difficult to do. While making the necessary changes to the way you live your life, it is important to try and maintain your physical and mental health. Some things to bear in mind include the following:
- Eat healthy food – good nutrition and physical health go hand in hand.
- Drink enough fluids – your doctor will be able to recommend the correct amount of fluids for you. It is important to stick to this and remember that caffeinated drinks do not count.
- Make yourself mobile – depending on the extent of your injury, you may be able to operate a motor vehicle again. Speak to your occupational therapist about getting ready for a driving evaluation.
Making a paralysis injury claim
Though money cannot give you back your life before the accident, it can certainly relieve the financial burden that comes with an injury of this nature. A compensation claim will include money to pay for medical treatment, occupational therapy and any other expenses for future medical care related to your paralysis. It will also cover any costs associated with making the necessary changes to your home, as well as a suitable car. Loss of earnings, pain and suffering will also be covered.
Where can I get more paralysis injury advice?
Accident Advice Helpline has a 24-hour, free legal helpline. Call us for more information on paralysis injury advice and how to make your claim. Our professional advisers will assess your unique case and select the best solicitor from our large legal team to handle your claim. Call us now on 0800 180 4 123.
You can also try our 30-second test at the top of the page to get a quick idea of what your claim could be worth.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown