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Understanding Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Spinal cord injuries can sometimes result in conditions known as paraplegia or quadriplegia. While these terms may be familiar to most people, the details surrounding these conditions are not widely understood. If you are involved in a personal injury accident and suffer damage to your spinal cord, then you need to understand the potential consequences of that kind of damage.

Paraplegia is damage to the spinal cord that results in the complete loss of sensation and functionality of the legs and some portion of the body as well. In most cases, paraplegia is limited to the region at and below the waist.

Quadriplegia is the loss of sensation and functionality for all four limbs as well as most other areas from the neck down as the result of a spinal cord injury.

Other facts about paraplegia and quadriplegia include:

  • Along with loss of sensation and loss of the functionality of the limbs, both conditions can also result in bladder management issues as well as sexual dysfunction.
  • According to the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario, it takes an average of two to three years for a victim to develop a routine that allows him or her to live an independent life.
  • In the province of Ontario, there is a new spinal cord injury that could result in either one of these conditions every calendar day.
  • It can cost the province of Ontario anywhere from $1.25 to $25 million dollars to care for a spinal cord victim during that victim’s lifetime. The cost of the care depends on the severity of the injury.
  • Approximately six out of every ten victims of paraplegia or quadriplegia are unemployed.
  • The breakdown of spinal cord victims in Ontario is 70 percent men to 30 percent women.
  • Approximately 40 percent of the spinal cord injuries in Ontario are due to slip and fall accidents or automobile accidents. Approximately 27 percent of spinal cord injuries are due to sustained illnesses or sports-related injuries.
  • A significant part of treatment for a spinal cord victim is therapy that helps the victim to cope with the injury, and then adjust to daily living with the injury.

A spinal cord injury not only affects the victim, but it affects everyone around him or her. A person with paraplegia or quadriplegia needs constant assistance and care. That care often comes from family members who are forced to rearrange their lives to accommodate the needs of the victim. The long-term effects on the family must also be taken into account along with the effects on the victim.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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