Different Types of Paralysis

Paralysis is a type of catastrophic injury that can have detrimental consequences to the injured victim. There are different names and types of paralysis depending on the location of the body that is affected. Paralysis is an injury where a part of the body loses full or partial function. This occurs due to a blockage of messages between the brain and the body. The nerves in the affected area are generally damaged to the point where the victim will not have any function in that limb or area of the body. Some injuries that can result in paralysis are head injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. All types of paralysis can lead to limitations in life and you deserve to receive full compensation for your current and future suffering. The various types of paralysis, include:

  • Monoplegia: paralysis of one limb
  • Hemiplegia: paralysis in one arm and one leg on the same side of the body
  • Paraplegia: paralysis in both legs and often the pelvis/lower body region
  • Tetraplegia/ Quadriplegia: paralysis in both arms and both legs and often the chest region

The most common injury that results in paralysis is a spinal cord injury. Damage to the spinal cord can prevent the transferring of messages from the brain and muscles, but nerves above the point of injury may be unaffected and can work normally. The level of injury will depend on exactly where the damage occurs on the spinal cord. Knowing the specific level will help determine the muscles that can be affected. Paralysis can vary case to case and some victims may lose all control and sensation in their muscles, while others may lose control but maintain impaired sensations in the affected area. If you have suffered any type of paralysis, team up with a Phoenix catastrophic injury lawyer from Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo. We can help you build a case and pursue compensation for your injury, contact us today!

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