Paralysis, Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
Paralysis is the complete loss of function for one or more muscle groups, though its impact on the victim and their loved ones is so much more. Paralysis limits or completely eliminates the use of muscles, tendons or joints that help control and regulate basic body movements. Severity and extent of paralysis depends greatly on where the injury is located, and what specific portions of the body the injury directly affects. Current studies suggest that some 2 million Americans are living with some form of paralysis to the extremities.
Sadly, the number of paralysis injuries from boating accidents continues to climb, due in large part to increased vessel traffic and the speeds at which those vessels operate. Operator negligence, excessive alcohol consumption and failure to heed posted speed and traffic warnings are the most common causes of major boat-related injuries, but a recent report released by the U.S. Coast Guard stated that, of the nearly 4,000 boating injuries reported in 2004, nearly 20% were related to some form of “product malfunction”. Additionally, 84% of those injured were not wearing lifejackets, which are mandated for open water travel by the U.S.
The statistics are a stark reminder of the dangers that are present for those who fail to heed the safety codes and procedures of the world’s waterways. Victims of paralysis suffered during a boating accident or any other maritime-related event are encouraged to contact lawyers who are experienced in the codes and statutes of admiralty law. If someone else is at fault, then there are grounds to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact an understanding and experienced attorney today for more information.
Paraplegia is a specific type of paralysis that affects the lower portions of the human body. Specifically, paraplegia victims (i.e. paraplegics) have limited or no movement in the legs and torso areas. Spinal cord injury is the most common cause of paraplegia, as the injury limits the signals from the brain that facilitate movement in other body parts. Like all other forms of paralysis, paraplegia significantly impacts the afflicted individual’s quality of life. In addition to loss of mobility, paraplegia affects digestive capabilities, bladder control, and numerous other aspects of life.
Some forms of paraplegia are hereditary, while others are caused by disease or a tumor on the spine. However, the most common causes of paraplegia stem from accidents and/or injury. Traumatic causes of paraplegia can include falls, accidents or injuries sustained on boats, refineries, platforms or scaffoldings, and can be the result of insufficient or non-existent safety practices, procedures or equipment.
Individuals who have suffered the dramatic and life-changing impacts of paraplegia may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other costs immediately associated with the condition. Diligent and understanding attorneys can help bring those who failed to provide a safe and secure environment to justice. Do not let those at fault continue their unscrupulous practices. Now is the time for action.
Quadriplegia is a condition that results from an injury to the brain or upper spinal cord and the injury leads to the victim’s inability to use their hands and legs in a normal capacity. In some rare cases, through intensive rehabilitation, slight movement can be regained, but the majority of quadriplegics are confined to wheelchairs or other specialized equipment for the remainder of their lives following the injury.
Treatment for quadriplegia injuries must begin immediately after the injury, as delayed diagnosis can have grave consequences for the victim. According to reports, about one in twenty injuries that lead to quadriplegia are misdiagnosed or missed altogether, and about two-thirds of those afflicted suffer further spinal cord damage as a result. Tragically, about 30% of those who are incorrectly treated or diagnosed develop permanent neurological conditions.
It goes without saying that the moments immediately following a spinal injury are critical to the victim. Unfortunately, injuries of this magnitude that occur in places that lack proper emergency medical equipment can go from bad to worse in a matter of minutes. Poorly trained or unskilled personnel often make critical mistakes in victim care or treatment, and the results of this negligence can lead to a life shattered.
Those who suffer from quadriplegia are not without hope. Skilled, aggressive and experienced legal representation can help the victim and their loved ones recover monetary compensation in accordance with the extent of the pain and suffering they have endured. Quadriplegia may change the way we live, but it does not change our right to justice.