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Neck & Spinal Injuries

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back and neck injuries can be caused by a variety of serious accidents, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports accidents and workplace accidents. Because neck and back injuries can often be so serious and life-changing, they are one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment following accidents.

Serious back and spinal injuries can sometimes cause paralysis. Paralysis is the most serious kind of spinal cord injury and is defined as the complete loss of control of a muscle or group of muscles. Paralysis can be partial, paraplegia, or complete, quadriplegia. Paralysis can also be temporary or permanent.

Temporary Paralysis

Temporary paralysis is generally caused by swelling or pressure on the nervous system caused by a spinal cord injury of some kind. When pressure on the nervous system is not relieved, it is possible for spinal cord tissue to die, causing permanent paralysis. Permanent paralysis has no curable treatment because there is no medical way to treat dead spinal cord tissue at this time.

Early treatment of paralysis can make a world of difference for the person who has been paralyzed. It can be the difference between total and partial paralysis or the difference between temporary and permanent paralysis. It is imperative to get proper medical care immediately following an accident that may cause paralysis.

Permanent Paralysis

Permanent paralysis victims usually have to go through long term hospitalization, extensive physical therapy and many different surgeries. After undergoing all of those things and more, the person may still never again be able to care for themselves or walk again.

In addition to the severe emotional damage caused by these kinds of accidents, permanent paralysis also causes severe financial consequences. Regular doctor's visits, physical therapy and personal assistance are just some of the things that will become common place in the life of someone who has suffered permanent paralysis.

If your paralysis causing injury was the result of someone else's reckless or negligent conduct, you will need legal advice in addition to your medical care. It is also important to seek legal advice early after your accident so that our expert staff can start investigating the accident right away.

The Law Offices of Allan S. Field can investigate liability and assess your chances for recovery. If you have suffered paralysis in a tragic accident, you do not need to suffer alone. We have extensive experience representing those seriously injured in accidents caused by third-parties. If you have been involved in a serious accident that resulted in a permanent injury, we can meet with you and evaluate your case and options for legal recovery.