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Paralysis Is a Possibility Following Serious Auto Accidents

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on June 01, 2014

Paraplegia / Quadriplegia Auto Accidents - Paralysis / Disability In Motor Vehicle CollisionsSerious auto accidents can have major repercussions that alter your overall quality of life. This is particularly true when it comes to accidents that impact the spine or neck. It's important that accident victims and their loved ones reach out to a skilled lawyer after their accident. A personal injury attorney will have the know-how to help you receive compensation for injuries, accounting for medical bills as well as the long-term effects of a major collision.

Right now, we would like to consider different kinds of paralysis experienced after a motor vehicle collision and how these can affect your life going forward.

Serious Auto Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Some of the most serious kinds of auto accidents include front-end collisions (also known as head-on accidents) and T-bone auto accidents (also known as broadside collisions). These kinds of auto accidents generate a tremendous amount of force when vehicles collide, resulting in major injuries for any and all parties that are involved. In addition to broken bones and lacerations, paralysis is a potential injury that may occur.

Defining "Paralysis" In Serious Collisions

By "paralysis" we do not mean the temporary state of being frozen or in shock after an accident. We mean a permanent condition that is caused by a severe back injury. This back injury will lead to the loss of sensation and use of the extremities.

There are two kinds of serious paralysis that may occur following a severe auto accident: paraplegia and quadriplegia.

Auto Accidents Resulting In Paraplegia

Paraplegia refers to the loss of use of the lower extremities of the body. It occurs following a severe injury that affects the mid-to-lower portion of a person's spine. Many paraplegics lose their ability to walk and are bound to a wheelchair for the remainder of their lives.

Auto Accidents Resulting In Quadriplegia

Also known as tetraplegia, quadriplegia refers to the loss of sensation and use of all the limbs. This often occurs when a person has suffered a spinal injury that occurs in the upper part of the back or the neck. Quadriplegics will often require special care for the rest of their lives given their limited ability to perform basic tasks. In severe cases when the neck is injured and results in quadriplegia, the accident victim may need to have a respirator to assist in breathing.

Our Lawyers Will Hold Negligent Parties Responsible for Their Actions

Given how severe an impact these kinds of injuries can have on a person's life, it is of the utmost importance that you get legal representation on your side right away. Our auto accident attorneys will fight for you and your loved ones, obtaining compensation to cover medical bills, long-term medical care, and major losses in your overall quality of life. Our attorneys will also seek compensation to cover potential lost wages given the numerous physical limitations that come with being a paraplegic or quadriplegic.

Learn More About Auto Accident Litigation

If you would like more information about these serious kinds of auto accidents and how they can be addressed, it's important that you contact our Central Florida personal injury attorneys today. The entire team here at Harrell & Nowak will fight diligently on your behalf to ensure that you receive just compensation for injuries and losses that have been sustained.

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