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Understanding the Effects of Paralysis after a Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 5, 2011

Paralysis is a condition in which a person can no longer move or use some of the muscles in their body. Other terms for paralysis include hemiplegia, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and palsy. Paralysis can be caused by many different factors, including diseases, but many people who develop paralysis later in life do so after suffering a car crash or other traumatic accident.

Accidents can cause paralysis in several different ways. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a severe blow to the head may prevent the brain from communicating with some muscles, causing paralysis in those muscles. A spinal cord injury can cause partial or total paralysis if the spinal cord is pinched, severed, or cut. Or an injury to a certain limb may cause paralysis in that limb if the nerves that carry messages from the spinal cord to the arm or leg are damaged.

Some patients are able to regain some or all of their ability to move after an accident causes paralysis. For others, however, the damage is permanent. In either case, people who suffer paralysis after a car accident in Washington usually need extensive medical care, including physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation to help them function as much as possible with the paralysis they have suffered. This care can be expensive, but it is necessary to restore maximum health to those paralyzed from severe car crashes.

Paralysis can present significant burdens to both the patient and the patient’s family. If you or someone you love has suffered partial or total paralysis in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced car accident paralysis lawyers in Seattle at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We will help you understand your legal options and seek compensation from any negligent parties responsible for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us today at 888-228-3860.

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