By Pendergast Law on October 2, 2012
Car accidents can cause permanent disabilities, especially when a catastrophic injury is involved. When a car crash victim suffers a spinal cord injury, he or she may have to live with the permanent aftereffects, including paralysis.
The word “paralysis” simply describes the loss of muscle function in some part of the body. Paralysis may affect any part of the body and may be caused by a wide range of injuries or illnesses, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, or disease.
When paralysis occurs after an injury, it is usually because the brain, spinal cord, or both have been damaged in a way that prevents the brain from communicating with a body part. Post-accident paralysis may be temporary or permanent. It may affect the entire body, just the lower half or one side of the body, or any other body part.
Those who suffer paralysis share several traits in common. They often face extensive medical care, including many sessions of physical therapy to maximize the functionality they have left and to learn new ways of doing basic tasks. They frequently struggle to do things that were once simple for them, and they may feel frustrated, angry, depressed, or hopeless – sometimes all at once. Adjusting to life with paralysis may take years.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our hardworking Washington car accident paralysis attorneys know how hard it is to regain health and strength after a catastrophic injury. That’s why we’re dedicated to fighting for the compensation each of our clients’ needs, so that you can focus on healing. Call us today at 888-539-9211 for a free consultation.