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Paraplegia and Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

A paraplegia injury is a serious, devastating injury to your spinal cord. You may need legal help if you are the innocent victim of a paraplegia injury that resulted from someone’s negligent behavior or actions.

Your spinal cord goes from your brain down through your spinal canal. Your spinal canal is situated inside of your vertebral column. An extension of your spinal cord are nerves that branch off of it.

These nerves transmit signals to and from muscles and other structures all over your body. Information from your body, such as pain, touch and sense of position are interpreted by your brain from these incoming signals that are sent by these nerves. Outgoing signals from your brain permit your brain to control actions of your organs and muscle movements.


What does Paraplegia mean?

Paraplegia is a general term that is used to refer to an impairment in sensory or motor function of your lower extremities. Paraplegia is the term that is used for paralysis of your legs and maybe your trunk, but it is not used for your arms.

A paraplegia injury can be classified as “incomplete” or “complete”. An incomplete paraplegia injury is one in which you still have some level of feeling or function below the point of damage to your spinal cord. A complete paraplegia injury is one in which you have no feeling or function below the point of damage to your spinal cord.

The level of damage to your spinal cord is what determines how much of your trunk will be affected. A paraplegia injury is one in which damage occurs to your spinal cord at what is called T1and below.


Signs you might have a Paraplegia injury

The signs and symptoms of a paraplegia injury vary from person to person. The signs and symptoms that you experience depend on how badly your spinal cord was damaged and where it was damaged. Possible signs and symptoms are:

  • Limp muscles that especially occur in your arms and legs
  • Bladder incontinence (an inability to control your bladder)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Inability to feel or move anything below the point where damage occurred
  • Bowel incontinence ( an inability to control your bowels)
  • Inability to breathe on your own
  • Problems with breathing

Possible reasons for paraplegia

A paraplegia injury can be caused by several things. Some of these include:

  • Some type of trauma to your spine
  • A car accident
  • A sports-related accident
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Acts of violence

You can get legal help for your Paraplegia injuries

A paraplegia injury is one of the most devastating and overwhelming injuries that anyone can ever sustain. This is due to the fact that a paraplegia injury in most instances is a seriously life-changing injury. In most cases, a paraplegia injury means that you will not be able to walk for the rest of your life.

If your paraplegia injury was the result of an accident that resulted from someone’s negligent action or behavior, you may be able to recover compensation for your injury. In order to do so, legal action will have to be taken. The best thing that you can do is to contact a personal injury attorney.