Some people are lucky to walk away unscathed from a car accident; other less fortunate ones suffer serious injuries.
The extent of injury to the spinal cord and the severity of the damage determines the extent of paralysis a person suffers. After a car accident, a victim may experience complete or incomplete paralysis. Complete paralysis means there is no sensation or motor functioning below the injury site. Some car accident victims recover movement and sensation to some extent with the help of various treatments that are available to improve quality of life.
When the injury occurs below the first thoracic spinal nerve in the rib cage area, paralysis begins from that point down. The legs and abdomen are the most commonly affected areas, causing bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction.
When the injury occurs above the first thoracic spinal nerve, anywhere from the neck, the trunk, the legs or arms may be affected. Quadriplegia can cause bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction and impact the respiratory system. The ability of the person to function depends on whether the quadriplegia or paraplegia is complete or incomplete.
Treatment for Paralysis
Some victims are able to recover mobility and sensation below the site of injury while others require extensive treatment and assistive devices to manage the condition. Complications can develop; for example, bladder dysfunctions may require catheterization or surgery.
Another secondary condition associated with spinal cord injury is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and other types of blood clots. To prevent blood clots, a doctor may prescribe blood thinners shortly after the injury. Some patients may have respiratory problems and may need a ventilator to breathe and remove secretions.
Car accident victims who suffer paralysis may also experience psychological problems such as depression. They may need anti-depressants and professional counseling. Surgery may be required to treat nerve damage that has resulted from the paralysis. Most patients require rehabilitation and physical therapy to restore motion and sensation in the affected areas.
Chicago Car Wreck Lawyer
Paralysis requires extensive treatment and therapy. If the accident that resulted in paralysis was caused by a negligent driver, make a claim for compensation with the help from a Chicago car wreck lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.