Paralysis Injury Attorney Serving Sacramento for 20+ Years
Our Team Fights for Paralyzed Accident Victims’ Rights
Any serious injury can change the way you live your life, at least while you wait for it to heal. The victims of particularly severe injuries may never fully regain the abilities they had before an accident. This is the case for those suffering from paralysis—which is among the most disabling conditions injury victims face. In some cases, patients may regain partial control of their muscles, but in others, the condition is permanent.
Adjusting to life with paralysis, either as a victim or as a family member, can be taxing. The emotional toll of this condition can be great for those who mourn what they have lost. Medical needs are likely to increase greatly, and a patient may need expensive assistive devices and daily care. Unfortunately, over 5 million Americans face the challenge of partial or full paralysis. Of those, it’s estimated 1.5 million became paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury, and 500,000 other cases were caused by cerebral palsy.
For someone else’s actions to have this kind of impact on your life is monumentally unfair. You deserve help—and the person who caused your injury should have to pay for their negligence. Our team has been representing injury victims for over 20 years, and we want to help you, too.
Call our Sacramento office now at (916) 471-6098 to talk to our paralysis attorney.
Paralysis Causes: Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury is one of the largest causes of paralysis, second only to stroke. There are many ways someone’s spinal cord can be injured; most of them are due to some sort of physical trauma. Common causes of paralysis include:
- Vehicle accident (38.3% of cases)
- Falls (31.6% of cases)
- Violence (13.8% of cases)
The spinal cord carries nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body. When it is damaged, the brain may lose its connection with some or even all nerves beneath the injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, some nerves remain connected; when the full spinal cord is severed, the injury is considered “complete.”
Paralysis Severity and Type
Doctors usually cannot predict exactly how a patient will be affected by a spinal cord injury. As with brain injuries, the complexity of the system makes it difficult to predict all the consequences of damage to the spinal cord. However, medical professionals have created terminology based on general symptoms. You may hear them talk about:
- Paresis, or partial paralysis, where a patient still has some muscle control
- Complete paralysis, where a patient has no muscle control
- Permanent or temporary paralysis, depending on whether a patient regains any muscle control
- Flaccid paralysis, characterized by muscle atrophy
- Spastic paralysis,in which the muscles retain their tone and may tremor and spasm outside of the patient’s control
Paralysis can also affect different parts of the body. Because only the areas below the spinal injury lose nerve signals, the condition’s severity ranges among patients. Different types include:
- Monoplegia (affecting only one limb)
- Hemiplegia (affecting one side of the body)
- Diplegia (affecting an identical area on both sides)
- Paraplegia (affecting both legs)
- Tetraplegia, formerly known as quadriplegia (affecting both arms, both legs, and often the entire abdomen)
Patients will need special therapies and aid depending on the extent of their paralysis. While someone with monoplegia might be able to return to work after an injury, a patient with tetraplegia may need assistance just to leave their house.
Complications of Paralysis
Along with affecting conscious instructions to your muscles, paralysis can interfere with nerve signals between your brain and basic bodily systems. Patients may need additional care to help with:
- Circulatory issues
- Difficulty breathing
- Changes in organ function
- Pressure sores
- Blood clots
At best, these complications are a daily challenge; at worst, they may threaten a patient’s continued survival.
Help with Your Paralysis Case
Our team, led by Attorney Robert Carichoff, is driven by the desire to help injury victims get justice. We take the time to get to know each client and their case, not only because it leads to better outcomes, but also because we genuinely care about the work we are doing. You deserve the best representation possible when pursuing compensation after paralysis.
Work with a team that isn’t afraid to fight for you. Call Carichoff Law Group, P.C. at (916) 471-6098.