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Can a Catastrophic Injury Cause Paralysis?

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you know that medical treatment can be extensive and the recovery can last a lifetime. Some catastrophic injuries can be life-changing, and among these injuries is paralysis. When you are paralyzed as a result of a devastating accident, you might find that you will require ongoing care and chances are you may not be able to return to work. If you’ve suffered paralysis due to an accident, be sure to call our Long Island personal injury lawyers right away.

Catastrophic Injuries That Can Lead to Paralysis

The following discusses some of the devastating and catastrophic injuries that can cause paralysis:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Oftentimes the effects of a spinal cord injury will depend on the severity of the accident and the extent of the injury, and the part of the spine that was affected. While some spinal cord injuries can result in partial paralysis, in most cases, spinal cord injuries lead to complete paralysis.  When this happens the victim usually cannot move from the neck down, they lose motor skills and have trouble breathing.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs can cause significant neurological damage that severely limits mental functioning. However, TBIs can also cause extensive functional limitations such as paralysis.

Neck Injuries

Injuries that occur near the base of the neck are some of the most severe of all spinal cord injuries, particularly because the higher up the spine that an injury occurs, the more damage that injury causes to the central nervous system. Depending on where on the neck the injury occurs, a neck injury can lead to paralysis from the neck down, breathing trouble, and loss of your ability to speak.

Treatment for any injury that causes paralysis can be extensive. Depending on where on your body your injury occurs, you may be restricted to a wheel chair or bed and require long term physical therapy, or you may be unable to breathe or speak on your own. If you’ve been injured in an accident, and you’re experiencing symptoms such as numbness, tingling limbs or a loss of sensation, extreme back pain or pressure in your head, neck, or back, difficulty walking or balancing, trouble seeing, loss of functions, or impaired breathing, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment right away. Even if the effects of your injury are not immediately obvious, it is always better to be safe and see a doctor than to wait it out and risk a more severe injury.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident and you are now paralyzed, it is important that you consult with an experienced New York personal injury attorney right away. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your personal injury case. Call to schedule your free consultation at (516) 358-6900 or contact us via our website.

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