Quadriplegia / Paraplegia & Car Accidents
Auto Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
Quadriplegia is paralysis resulting in loss of use of all limbs and the
torso. Paraplegia is the term for a similar impairment but only affecting
the lower extremities. These conditions usually causes loss of sensory
and motor functioning, meaning that the person with quadriplegia or paraplegia
can neither feel nor control their affected limbs. These conditions are
caused when the spinal cord is damaged through injury. People with this
condition have impaired functioning in all limbs as well as the torso.
That means possible loss of bowel and bladder control, as well as impaired
digestion and loss of sexual functioning.
What injuries lead to quadriplegia?
Generally, this condition can be caused by any type of accident that causes
severe spinal cord injury to the vertebrae in the neck. These injuries
can occur during recreational activities like horseback riding, during
sporting activities, from falls, and from
car accidents. When the spinal cord is severed completely, the injured person loses
all function from the affected vertebra down. When the spinal cord is
partially severed or severely bruised, the injured person has varying
levels of paralysis and function below the affected vertebra.
Car Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries
An estimated half of all
spinal cord injuries happen in car accidents. Not all of these result in quadriplegia. The cost of care after injury
to the spinal cord via the vertebrae in the neck can easily run into the
hundreds of thousands of dollars. People with quadriplegia may need 24-hour
care for even the basic functions of everyday living. While some quadriplegics
are able to hold down jobs with the help of a full-time aid, this is obviously
not possible for many people with the condition.
Prognosis with Quadriplegia or Paraplegia
If the spinal cord has been severed, the victim will not regain use of
the parts of the body below where the spine was severed. In cases where
spinal cord injury is suspected, emergency medical attention is required.
When diagnosis of a spinal cord injury is delayed, further spinal cord
damage may result. People who have suffered a major injury to the spinal
vertebra will likely need constant care and assistance for life.
Contact Kelley/Uustal for Legal Representation
If you or a loved one suffered a car accident injury resulting in quadriplegia,
the first order of business is getting proper medical care. Working with
a skilled, experienced personal injury lawyer like those at Kelley/Uustal
can make the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve
and trying to get by on whatever settlement an insurance provider offers.
There is no time to waste.
Call a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident resulting in spinal cord injury.