Paraplegia & Quadriplegia

Seek Compensation For Your Paraplegia Injury

Spinal cord injuries can be medically categorized as “complete” or “incomplete.” An incomplete injury allows some nerve signals to continue through so the injured person may have sensation, large muscle movement but not fine motor control, or movement but diminished strength and dexterity. With a complete injury, no nerve signals can reach the affected areas and the person suffers complete paralysis.

The effects of paralysis can include:

  • Lack of sensation of the affected parts of the body
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Spasms or exaggerated reflexes

There are three general types of paralysis: paraplegia, hemiplegia and quadriplegia.

  • Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs and lower body resulting from injury to nerves in the areas of the lumbar or thoracic vertebrae.
  • Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body. The most common cause is a stroke.
  • Quadriplegia is the most severe type of paralysis because it includes both the upper and lower portion of the body and may include the nerves that control breathing. Persons who have suffered quadriplegia were injured at the thoracic (T1 or T2 affect nerves to the arms) or the cervical vertebrae. Cervical spine injuries can result in difficulties in breathing, coughing and clearing of the lungs. In severe cases, the person will require a ventilator to help with breathing.

Life With Paraplegia Or Quadriplegia

While paralysis is typically a lifelong disability and there is currently no treatment or cure, there are many things that can be done to help the injured person maximize his or her independence. Many people with paraplegia are able to return to work and normal home life with some adjustments.

Persons who have suffered quadriplegia face greater difficulties. They may not be able to do the work they once did or may need considerable adjustments in the workplace or at home in order to function. Adults may need job retraining. Children will need assistance in school. Those with C1, C2 and C3 injuries are unlikely to be able to live independently.

Ensuring You Receive Full And Fair Compensation

At Abraham Smith & Waldsmith, LLP, our personal injury attorneys consult with medical specialists in regard to spinal cord injury and physical rehabilitation. We want to make sure our clients have the resources to meet and overcome the challenges faced after an injury causing paraplegia or quadriplegia.

We work with life care planners to understand the scope of our clients’ needs throughout their lifetimes. We work with economists to understand the financial impact of the injuries — loss of income and earning potential; cost of adaptations and accommodations for home, school or workplace; skilled attendant care; and future medical care and other necessary expenses.

Our job is to ensure that the party responsible is held accountable, and to secure full and fair compensation. Our spinal cord injury lawyers have the experience necessary to represent you in even the most challenging cases.

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For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact . Or call us at 415-421-7995 or toll-free at 888-745-2988. We represent injured people in San Francisco and throughout California.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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