Paralysis is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a complete or partial loss of function” and “loss of the ability to move.” There are many causes and several different types of paralysis. However, all forms of paralysis have one thing in common: they have a serious impact on the quality of life of the people they afflict.
Frighteningly, paralysis can have many causes—some due to illness and some due to injury. Some common causes of both temporary and permanent paralysis include:
Paralysis may be partial, meaning that it affects only part of the body, or total, meaning that it affects the use of all limbs and prevents control of most bodily functions.
In some cases, paralysis may be temporary and control of limbs and bodily functions can be regained over time through medical treatment or physical therapy. Paralysis caused by bug bites or medical procedures (as with some forms of anesthesia) may be temporary and cause no lasting ill effects.
Sometimes paralysis may be permanent. In many cases where spinal column injury is the cause of the paralysis, control over limbs or bodily functions may never be regained, causing a devastating change in how a person lives their lives. Depending on where the injury occurred, a person may experience paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia), or on both sides of the body from a certain point down. Loss of control of two limbs is referred to as paraplegia, while the loss of control of all limbs is called quadriplegia. Any of these forms of paralysis may require the use of assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs in order for mobility to be regained.
A Sudden paralysis is a life-changing event that no one can be truly prepared for. The physical and emotional trauma caused by paralysis is all-encompassing and can last throughout the lifespan. Even if paralysis is only temporary, it can be a debilitating experience that leaves a long-lasting effect on its victim. Whether you have experienced temporary or permanent paralysis, consider contacting a paralysis lawyer in Hawaii to discuss the merits of your case.
Take care to avoid areas where ticks may be present, and keep a watchful eye for tick bites when visiting areas known for ticks. Be mindful of safety measures you can take, whether at work or at play, to avoid catastrophic injuries that could lead to paralysis. Use appropriate safety equipment when performing risky tasks on the job, on vacation or at home. If you suspect someone has experienced a paralyzing injury to the spinal cord, call an ambulance and stabilize the spinal column by keeping the head and neck still and wait for medical help to arrive.
The attorneys at Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. have the experience and know-how to tackle paralysis cases and get you monetary compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. If you or a loved one have experienced a paralyzing injury, contact a paralysis lawyer in Hawaii to learn more about your legal options.