Paraplegia usually results from spinal cord injuries – in some cases, such as spinal bifida, it is congenital – but more often than not it is a result of an accident.
- The affected area in paraplegia is either the thoracic
- The lumbar or
- The sacral region
When the arms are also affected by the paraplegia, the result is quadriplegia. If one arm only is affected, the result is monoplegia. Some individuals with the disease have limited motion, while others are completely disabled. Other areas affected by paralysis include impotence and fecal incontinence. Catheters must be used as well as bowel management systems in order to engage the eliminative systems to properly function. If you were involved in an accident that was caused by another’s negligent, reckless or intentional conduct, you may seek compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Shepard & Haven represents victims of paraplegia and other Sacramento personal injury victims.
Causes of Paraplegia
- Paraplegia is most often caused by a traumatic injury to the spinal cord. This affects the nervous tissue, causing inflammation, swelling and disfigurement.
- Non-traumatic paraplegia can be caused by tumors, scoliosis or spinal bifida
- Scoliosis results in spinal curving
- Spinal cord injury may be either complete or incomplete
- In a complete injury, no feeling or function is available to the spinal cord below the injury point
- In an incomplete injury, there may be some feeling beneath the injury
Paraplegia Caused by Negligent or Intentional Acts
Paraplegia may be caused by any number of acts, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Defective products
- Seat belt injuries in old lap-belt cars
- Falls from heights
- Surgical errors
- Falls from ladders and scaffolds
- Falls from roofs
- Sports injuries
- Swimming pool, lakes, ocean injuries
- Boating injuries
- Medical malpractice injuries
Compensation for Your Paraplegic Injuries – Free Consultation and No Legal Fees Unless We Win Your Case
Whether you were injured on the job or whether you were harmed while playing around with others in the pool, the fact remains the same: you have a serious injury and you need help. The Law Firm of Shepard & Haven has represented thousands of clients over the years who have been severely harmed in all types of injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. If the accident resulted from someone’s intentional conduct, or if they were inebriated under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the responsible party may be required to pay punitive damages – damages which are designed to punish the wrongdoer for their egregious actions. Either way, The Law Firm of Shepard & Haven will do their best to fight for maximum compensation for your injuries, which often include medical and hospital expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, and much more. To schedule an appointment with Shepard & Haven, call 916-877-9433. There are no legal fees unless your case is settled or won in court.