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Can a Car Accident Cause Paraplegia or Quadriplegia?

Car accidents can have many consequences. When there is a severe accident, it can lead to paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. Any form of spinal cord damage can result in lifelong injuries. Thousands of people are injured in car accidents annually, which are a frequent cause of paralysis. Some of these injuries heal fully over time while others do not. After receiving medical attention, speak to a Houston car accident lawyer at The Doan Law Firm PLLC today. 

What is Paraplegia?

When the spinal cord suffers an injury, it may result in paraplegia. This is a complete paralysis of the lower half of the body. It results in the loss of use of both legs. Many victims will require a wheelchair to get around. You will lose sensation and motor function in your legs. Neurological impacts include persistent tingling, burning sensations, loss of voluntary movement, and the sensation of pins and needles in your limbs. The financial implications are vast. Your life is forever changed, and now you cannot walk. Treatment will consist of relearning how to complete tasks in a modified way. 

What is Quadriplegia?

Paraplegia can have a lifelong impact, yet the damage caused by quadriplegia may be even more severe. Quadriplegia entails the loss of function in all limbs. The spinal cord damage is very severe in these cases. Victims cannot use both arms and legs. Their torso is also impacted. Aside from the spinal cord, quadriplegia can happen after a brain injury. Typically the damage occurs to the cervical spine from C1-C7 vertebrae. 

Some cases involve arm function, but the victim retains no control of their fingers and thumbs. Aside from your limbs, you can lose other functions. Your bowel, bladder, sexual function, and breathing abnormalities can happen. You can also experience digestive issues and more. The entire body is impacted. 

Lifelong Consequences 

Thousands of people are injured in car accidents nationwide. Some of these accidents involve multiple vehicles, large trucks, and other dangerous vehicles. Many of these victims cannot work, which means no income. If you suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia, your life will change. You can have a lower range of motion and require caregivers to help you complete daily tasks. You can also need home or vehicle modifications. Since physical recovery has limits, many of these changes last the rest of your life. 

Damages for Your Claim 

These injuries are life-altering, and they require extensive compensation. Immediate medical attention is vital for recovery. Any delays can hurt your chances of settlement. You will need compensation for the immediate medical expenses you face but also long-term costs. We will seek payment for the following:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Lost wages 
  • Home and vehicle modifications 
  • Ongoing therapy 
  • Household services 
  • Reduction in earning capacity 

Getting as much compensation as possible is crucial since this is a life-altering injury. Partner with our catastrophic injury lawyer in Houston to uncover all the damages you are eligible for. 

Speak to a Texas Car Accident Lawyer

You will want a catastrophic injury attorney in Texas who can handle the complexities of these cases. The Doan Law Firm PLLC helps victims and families recover accident-related expenses. One act of negligence has changed your life. The negligent person must speak for their actions. Our Texas catastrophic injury lawyer can help you hold them responsible. Call our office to schedule a free consultation today.

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