Paralysis can cause complete loss of muscle function for one or more muscle groups.  Paralysis can cause loss of sensation or feeling and loss of mobility.  Trauma or injuries to the nervous system of the spinal cord or brain are the leading causes of paralysis.  Other causes include spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other diseases.

Severe trauma or injury to the lower spinal cord may result in paraplegia, which is paralysis of the lower half of the body.  Severe trauma or injury to the upper spinal cord may result in quadriplegia, which is paralysis of all four limbs.  Quadriplegia is also known as tetraplegia, especially in Europe.

In the United States, there are approximately 250,000 people living with some form of paralysis and spinal cord injuries and an additional 11,000 new cases are reported yearly.  It is interesting to note that an astonishing 82% are males.  

Due to the seriousness of paralysis and spinal cord injuries, special attention must be placed in accounting for a lifetime of future needs including medical expenses, special equipment, therapies, medications, supplies, transportation, special housing arrangements and care, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other damages.  

The main causes of paralysis and all spinal cord injuries are as follows:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - 37%
  • Violence, including Gunshot Wounds - 28%
  • Falls - 21%
  • Sports Activity - 6%
  • Other- 8%

The main types of accidents that cause paralysis include:

  • Airplane or Helicopter Accidents
  • Amusement or Theme Park Accidents
  • ATV, Moped, Scooter or Go-Kart Accidents
  • Auto or Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating or Watercraft Accidents
  • Bus, Train or Mass Transit Accidents
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Defective Products
  • Drunk Driver or DUI Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Pharmacy Errors
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Sporting Accidents
  • Truck Accidents

Common injuries associated with paralysis include:

  • Back Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Broken Neck
  • Fractured Vertebrate
  • Herniated Disks
  • Neck Injuries
  • Nerve Damage

You can reach Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.
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