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Motor vehicle collisions and paralysis

Motor vehicle collisions and paralysis

While many drivers will only experience a vehicle collision vicariously – based on the experiences of a friend, family member or loved one – those who are injured in a crash will likely find their lives changed forever. From devastating injuries to the fear of another accident, a driver will often find his or her vehicle experiences changed for life.

Whether on city streets, county roads or highways, motor vehicle collisions can lead to devastating injuries. Drivers across Oklahoma could suffer traumatic brain injuries, amputation, spinal cord damage or paralysis. Depending on numerous factors including the position of the injury on the spine and the type of damage to the spinal cord, vehicle occupants can suffer numerous types of paralysis, including:

  • Paraplegia: This type of paralysis generally affects all or part of the body trunk and the legs. Additionally, some of the pelvic organs can be impacted.
  • Quadriplegia: This type of paralysis is also known as tetraplegia and generally results from an injury higher up on the spinal cord. The affected body parts will include arms, hands, legs, trunk and pelvic organs.
  • Hemiplegia: This type of paralysis generally affects both the arm and the leg on one side of the body.

Vehicle occupants can suffer different levels of paralysis completeness. The paralysis is considered complete if both movement and sensation are completely lost below the spinal cord injury. Conversely, the paralysis is considered incomplete if there is some sensation or motor function below the spinal cord damage.

Paralysis is a catastrophic injury that can impact the victim as well as the entire family. From mounting medical bills to the costs associated with creating living space accommodations, financial peril is a fear. Do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can answer your questions and provide the guidance you need.