Paralysis is the Ultimate Neurological Injury
Paralysis is defined as a “central nervous system disorder resulting in difficulty or inability to move a person’s upper or lower extremities.” Statistics show that approximately 1 out of every 50 people experience paralysis to some degree (source). In the United States, that is approximately 5.4 million people representing 1.7% of the U.S. population.
If you are experiencing paralysis due to an injury, call us a Lakeland lawyer handling paralysis injury cases for a free case review.
What Are Common Causes Of Paralysis?
The leading causes of paralysis in the U.S. are:
- stroke (33.7%)
- spinal cord injury (27.3%)
- multiple sclerosis or MS (18.6%)
Paralysis As A Result Of A Car Accident Or Medical Malpractice
Paralysis can be the result of an injury, a car accident, medical malpractice, or a dangerous product. Even partial paralysis can have a profound impact on the quality of your life. If you or someone you know has been paralyzed to any degree, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the causes of the neurological deficits and see whether anything can or should be done.
While there are instances that paralysis is the result of degeneration in the body, there is frequently a reason beyond mere degeneration for a person’s condition. In other words, many forms of neurological deficits can be treated or stopped in the earlier stages is properly managed.
Intense Neurological Rehabilitation and Other Treatment Options
Modern medicine has a number of surgeries and micro-surgeries that can prevent further damage from occurring and modern rehabilitation techniques can help a person regain a degree of neurological function. Some of these procedures are quite remarkable but must occur timely or they are not effective. Even though your paralysis may have started off as a result of car accident or a traumatic injury (perhaps even one that was not a third person’s fault), you may still have a claim because either the medical treatment provided fell below the generally accepted standard of care or because a product was ineffective or dangerous. This is why the opinion of a professional attorney can be helpful. Even if you find out that you do not have a case, at least you will have the answers if you have consulted an attorney.
A Serious Medical Condition Requires Serious Legal Representation
If you have paralysis after an accident or a failed medical procedure, please contact a Lakeland injury attorney for a review of your case to determine whether your paralysis is legally actionable. A consultation with a Lakeland injury attorney to discuss these matters is free. If your case is accepted, your attorney only gets paid if a settlement is reached or your collect a judgment from the party responsible for your damages.
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