Paralysis Attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona
If you have been paralyzed as a result of another person’s negligent conduct, we truly empathize with you during this emotional and traumatic time. Your life and way of living have been detrimentally impacted in ways we can only imagine. Our attorneys understand that you now have to deal with:
- Lack of mobility
- Numerous physical therapy sessions
- Extensive medical bills
- Current/future unemployment issues
As such, we will fight for you in order that you receive your deserved compensation for your injury.
What is Quadriplegia and Paraplegia?
Paralysis is a large umbrella term that is used to describe the partial or complete loss of control of voluntary muscle movement due to an injury or disease. Two main types of paralysis are quadriplegia and paraplegia. Quadriplegia is paralysis from approximately the shoulders down; on the other hand, paraplegia is paralysis from the lower limbs, depending on the level of the spinal cord injury.
The following are the symptoms of quadriplegia and paraplegia:
- Loss of voluntary muscle control in all four limbs (upper and lower)
- Loss of sensation in all four limbs
- Torso impairment
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Loss or impairment of consortium
- Loss or impaired digestion and breathing
- Loss of voluntary muscle control in the two lower limbs
- Loss of sensation in the lower two limbs
- Tingling in the legs, feet, and toes
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Trunk is affected depending on the injury level
Impact on Daily Life
The following are spinal nerve injury levels associated with the degree of paralysis:
- C1-C3: No function below head; ventilator is required to live; quadriplegic
- C4-C5: Respiration occurs; quadriplegic
- C6-C8: Loss of some degree of upper limb function; may be able to self-feed and self-propel wheelchair
- T1-T9: Degree of trunk function control correlates with height of lesion; paraplegic
- T10-L1: Some muscle function in the thighs; may be able to use long leg braces to walk
- L2-L3: Has most of leg muscle function; may be able to use short leg braces to walk
Common Causes of Quadriplegia and Paraplegia
The following are some of the causative factors of paralysis:
- Neck Fracture
- Spinal cord injury
- Congenital disorder
- Genetic disorder
In the early stages, initial treatment will be to help you maintain the ability to breathe, to immobilize your neck, and to keep you from entering shock. Metal braces may be used to stabilize your neck, and medications may be given for pain and inflammation. Most likely, surgery will be necessary in order to remove bone fragments, foreign objects, herniated discs, or fractured vertebrae that appear to be compressing your spine.
Once your injury stabilizes, physicians will focus their attention on preventing secondary problems such as:
- Muscle contractures
- Pressure ulcers
- Blood clots
- Bladder and bowel concerns
- Respiratory infections
Rehabilitation will be paramount in making the best recovery possible. Whether you have paraplegia or quadriplegia, you will need to work extensively with physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, physicians, and other members of different rehabilitation teams. Therapists will emphasize maintaining and strengthening existing muscle functions, redeveloping fine motor skills, and learning adaptive techniques to accomplish daily tasks. You will also work on rebuilding the quality of your life.
If you or a family member has been the victim of an accident leading to paralysis, please contact our experienced attorneys for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova by calling us at (602) 265-6700, by filling out our confidential Case Evaluation Form, or by using our online chat services.