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Atlanta Car Accident: Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Paralysis (Part A)

One of the most devastating spinal cord injuries to sustain in an Atlanta car accident is paralysis. Even temporary paralysis can be traumatic to deal with.

If you were the victim of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to hold them liable for your injuries through a personal injury claim.

Paralysis Stemming from an Atlanta Car Accident

With a spinal cord injury, pressure or swelling to the nerves can impede an individual’s movement. This can occur to either part or all of the body. With temporary paralysis the pressure or swelling eventually subsides and normal function is restored.

However, there is no way to reverse permanent paralysis. This is why receiving immediate medical care is crucial, as it may prevent the paralysis from becoming permanent.

A severe car accident is more likely to cause a spinal cord injury
. Crushing injuries, such as may be experienced in a head-on collision or a rollover, have a greater likelihood of resulting in paralysis. If a victim is pinned in a vehicle, they may also be at risk.

Type of Paralysis

The type of paralysis sustained will depend on the location of the injury. For instance if it is located in the neck, the victim won’t be able to feel their arms, chest and legs. This is called quadriplegia, which may lead to breathing difficulties.

If the injury is located in the lower portion of the spine, then feeling and movement may be lost in the lower part of the body and the legs. This is called paraplegia and can impact bladder and bowel functioning.

The impact of paralysis will also depend on whether it’s complete
(covering the: pelvis, hips and legs) or incomplete (where there may be some feeling and movement in those areas). If there is any chance of some degree of recovery, it will generally happen with the first 6 months of experiencing the injury.

Considering this injury is so serious, it could warrant a personal injury claim after a severe accident.
If you pursue compensation, expect to be able to prove negligence. By hiring a lawyer, you can increase the chances of a fair and full settlement. Call today at 404-474-0804.

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