Paralysis is defined as the loss of the ability to move and at times even feel anything in part or most of the body. There are approximately 5.4 million people living with paralysis in the United States – that’s about 1 in 50 people.
The most common causes of paralysis include:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
There are multiple ways that one classifies paralysis. The most common include:
- Localized – paralysis affects a particular area of the body.
- Generalized – paralysis affects a wider area.
- Permanent – serious injury such as a broken neck usually causes permanent paralysis.
- Partial – some muscle function and sensation.
- Complete – there is a complete loss of muscle function and sensation in the affected limbs.
- Spastic – the muscle that is affected is stiff or displays spasms and can not be controlled by the individual.
- Flaccid – the muscle of the affected limb is floppy and weak – at times may shrivel.
Paralysis can be sudden and life altering to the victim and family members. One has to adapt to a new life with the added stress associated with a loss of wages, medical bills, long-term care, and learning how to adapt to a new life.
At Floyd Hunter Injury Law, our Alabama serious injury attorneys will help you through this tough time. Our experienced attorneys are equipped with the up to date medical and legal knowledge that is required in order to keep your rights protected following a serious injury.
Knows the Signs of Paralysis
In order to properly diagnose paralysis, it is critical to seek medical attention following an accident for a doctor to properly examine the symptoms. Diagnosing paralysis can be difficult if the cause is not obvious. The most common symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness or confusion
- Severe headache
- Difficulty breathing
- Cognitive difficulties – writing or speaking
- Loss or changes in vision/hearing
If you or a loved one begin to experience any of these symptoms following an accident, immediately seek medical attention.
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