Paralysis, Paraplegia & Quadriplegia 

Paralysis is a condition that causes you to be unable to move specific muscles, usually the result of an injury. When injuries occur in the spinal cord, it can result in paraplegia, inability to move your legs or quadriplegia, inability to move both arms and legs. Damage to a nerve or nerve group in the spinal cord can be localized. Erb’s palsy is caused by injury to the brachial plexus. Nerve injuries and spinal cord damage is typically caused by an external injury, such as an accident. Improper treatment by the physician after an injury can cause a reversible injury to become permanent and irreversible. Additionally, spinal cord injury can occur due to a lack of oxygen during a surgical procedure. It can as a consequence of a blood clot causing pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal cord or nerve injury requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Proper treatment must be administered immediately to prevent additional damage or possibly reverse the effects of paralysis. 

Common causes of spinal cord injuries

  • Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Almost 50% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by a vehicle accident. 
  • 31% of spinal cord injuries are caused by falls.
  • violent encounters, most commonly involving gunshot wounds and knife wounds count for 13% of spinal cord injuries. 
  • Impact sports cause about 10% of spinal cord injuries.
  • Diseases such as cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, and inflammation of the spinal cord also can cause spinal cord injuries.
  • Alcohol use is a factor in about 25% of spinal cord injuries.

Discuss Your Case with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney today!

A spinal cord injury is devastating. Misdiagnosis or improper treatment can lead to permanent paralysis. If you suffer from paraplegia & quadriplegia, it could be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. Contact an attorney today to have your case evaluated. CALL US ANYTIME (281) 475-4535 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.