Life After Quadriplegic Injury
What is Quadriplegia?
Quadriplegia is a form of spinal cord injury. In a spinal cord injury, the cord is not actually cut. The cause of injury is when the thin fibrous extensions of nerve cells surrounded by the vertebrae are crushed and damaged. The axons of the nerve cells in the spinal cord are disrupted when it is injured. Consequently, the person will then lose sensation and control over their body.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
There are several types of spinal cord injuries.
- Quadriplegia: occurs when spinal cord injury results in loss of movement and sensation in all four limbs.
- Tetraplegia: occurs when an injury results in loss of movement and sensation in one arm and both legs (tetra meaning three).
- Paraplegia: occurs when spinal cord injury results in the loss of movement and sensation in the lower half of the body (right and left legs).
These types of quadriplegia may be the direct result of illness or negligent act by a liable person. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury should seek both medical and legal assistance after accident.
How do I know if I have a Spinal Cord Injury?
It is difficult to know the extent of a spinal cord injury. However, the following are symptoms which may indicate a spinal cord injury:
- Muscle weakness.
- Loss of voluntary muscle movement in the chest, arms or legs.
- Problems breathing.
- Loss of feeling in the chest, arms or legs.
- Loss of bowel and bladder function.
If you experience these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately. Your medical professional will conduct tests which may include: blood test, MRI, x-ray or CT scans.
Seek Legal Assistance after a Spinal Cord Injury
After receiving medical assistant, it is important for persons with quadriplegia to get legal evaluation. A legal consultation will help the victim and their family figure out what type of compensation and benefits they maybe are eligible to receive. Medical bills association with recovery and lifelong changes will often exceed the amount of available insurance coverage.
Victims of Spinal Cord Injury Deserve Compensation
A spinal cord injury has a dramatic and lifelong impact on the victim and their family. The compensation from a personal injury lawsuit should reflect the impact of these medical, financial and personal costs. If your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, contact our experienced Tulsa Quadriplegia and Paraplegia Injuries Attorneys for a free initial consultation