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Cherry Hill Paralysis Lawyers

Compassionate Cherry Hill injury attorneys helping paralysis victims in South Jersey

Paralysis is life-changing. Victims need a great amount of help, and our Cherry Hill paralysis lawyers are here to provide it. At Ferrara & Gable, we understand how devastating accidents that cause paralysis are. Our lawyers are skilled at showing why anyone who caused you or a loved one to become paralyzed should be held liable for your pain and suffering, your medical care, and all your financial and personal damages. We work with your doctors, spinal cord specialists, and rehabilitation professionals to understand every way your injuries will make your life much more difficult – and all the medical help you’ll need.

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What is the definition of paralysis?

The Cleveland Clinic defines paralysis as the inability to make voluntary muscle movements. Nerves that are not injured send signals to your muscles which make the muscles move. Paralysis occurs when these signals aren’t sent or can’t be understood. More than five million Americans live with some form of paralysis.

How is paralysis categorized?

Paralysis can be local, where only a small part of the body is affected. Generalized paralysis affects a larger part of the body. The Cleveland Clinic categorizes paralysis in the following ways:

  • Diplegia. Both sides of the body are affected such as both legs, both arms, and both sides of a person’s face.
  • Hemiplegia. Only one side of the body is paralyzed.
  • Monoplegia. A victim can’t move one limb (arm/leg).
  • Paraplegia. Both legs are paralyzed. The torso may also be paralyzed.
  • Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia. All limbs are paralyzed, which means the victim may have minimal or no movement from the neck down.

The Mayo Clinic adds that paralysis is also categorized as complete or incomplete. Complete paralysis means the Cherry Hill victim loses all feeling and muscle movement ability below the site of the spinal cord injury. Incomplete paralysis means that the victim may retain some feeling and some movement control.

Paralysis that affects the ability to walk is normally due to a spinal cord injury. Paralysis of the face is possibly caused by Bell’s palsy. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the top causes of paralysis are strokes and spinal cord injuries. Brain injuries may cause paralysis. Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Guillain- Barré syndrome may also cause paralysis. Other possible causes according to the Mayo Clinic include osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer.

What factors indicate a Cherry Hill accident victim is paralyzed?

Doctors will review the following signs and symptoms of paralysis:

  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness, loss of feeling, or tingling sensation in the limbs, hands, or feet
  • Extreme back, neck, or head pain
  • Inability to control the bowel or bladder
  • Difficulty breathing

Paralysis care begins with the emergency medical providers that transport accident victims to the hospital and the emergency room doctors who are the first physicians to examine a Chery Hill accident victim. In addition to a physical examination and an oral examination, the following diagnostic tests will likely be ordered:

  • X-rays to determine if there are any fractures or broken bones
  • CT scans and MRIs to help analyze if a patient has a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, or a stroke
  • A myelogram examines nerve injuries and spinal cord damage
  • An electromyogram(EMG) that tests the electrical activity of muscles and nerves
  • A spinal tap(lumbar puncture) to test for infection, inflammation, and certain conditions such as MS.

What complications from paralysis are likely?

It’s not just the muscles that are affected when someone suffers paralysis. Possible complications include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • A risk of pneumonia
  • Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis
  • Swallowing and speech difficulties
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Excessively high or low blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Inability to control one’s bladder
  • Sexual problems
  • Bedsores
  • Sepsis
  • Circulatory disorders
  • An increased risk of osteoporosis

When our personal injury lawyers evaluate your medical condition with your neurologist and other doctors, we discuss the possible complications that must be considered when evaluating the value of your claim.

Are there treatments for accident victims who have paralysis?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for paralysis. Some conditions, usually genetic, may be temporary. Most types of paralysis are permanent. The main course of treatment is rehabilitative care with physical therapists who help with movement where possible, occupational therapists who help with daily functioning, and speech therapies. Many paralysis victims learn to work with assistive devices such as wheelchairs and adaptive devices, which include technology devices that may help with driving, feeding, computing, and communicating.

Psychologists and support groups can help with the emotional trauma, which is often just as severe as the physical trauma.

What types of Cherry Hill accidents cause paralysis?

While accidents are a common cause of paralysis, some genetic disorders and some birth defects may cause paralysis. At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill lawyers represent accident victims throughout South Jersey who suffer paralysis due to:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Work zone accidents
  • Defective products
  • Negligent security
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Medical malpractice, including birth injuries and the failure to competently treat aneurisms and strokes

Do you have a Cherry Hill paralysis lawyer near me?

Ferrara & Gable’s office is located at 601 Longwood Avenue in Cherry Hill, NJ. There’s parking nearby. The Route 38 bus is also an option. Since paralysis means travel may be difficult or impossible, we can schedule a phone or video consultation.

We’ll answer all your questions and assert your right to hold those who caused your paralysis accountable.

Speak with an experienced Cherry Hill, NJ paralysis attorney serving South Jersey

Paralysis is life-changing for victims and for those who love them. Just learning to do simple tasks like eating or asking for help can be difficult. Victims who are quadriplegic may never work again. Learning to function physically and emotionally will be a constant challenge. At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill paralysis lawyers have been fighting for personal injury victims for 50 years. We understand the unique challenges involved in representing catastrophic injury victims. We understand how to value your claim for the lifetime of pain and suffering, medical care, lost income, and other compensation you’ll need and deserve.

To schedule an appointment, please call us or contact us today. We’ll help you restart your life.