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Are there different types of paralysis?

Vehicle occupants involved in a car or truck collision could suffer a range of catastrophic injuries. Depending on factors such as the force of the impact and the types of vehicles effected, collisions can result in devastating property damage as well as severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis and amputation.

Since there are numerous factors involved as well as countless differences in the medical history of those injured, a spinal cord injury can be partial or complete, temporary or permanent, or localized or generalized. While there are numerous factors involved, paralysis generally can fall into four categories, including:

  • Monoplegia: This type of paralysis affects one arm or one leg.
  • Hemiplegia: This type of paralysis affects one arm and one leg on the same side of the body.
  • Paraplegia: This type of paralysis affects both arms.
  • Quadriplegia: This type of paralysis, often called tetraplegia, affects both arms and both legs.

Additionally, paralysis can be either partial or complete. Individuals suffering from partial paralysis will likely still retain some feeling in, and possibly control over, the paralyzed muscles. Complete paralysis, conversely, generally means that the individual has lost movement and sensation in the paralyzed muscles.

Paralysis can be a catastrophic result in numerous types of devastating incidents. From a vehicle collision or work injury to a surgical error or missed diagnosis, individuals can suffer serious injuries that could lead to a lifetime of pain, physical therapy and home accommodations. Do not hesitate to seek legal guidance regarding your options for monetary compensation.