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Frequently Asked Questions About Paralysis

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Paralysis is a complicated subject, and we know you probably have many questions about it. That’s where we come in. The Lanier Law Group, P.A. is here to answer all of your paralysis-related questions, including what causes paralysis and what a person with paralysis can do to improve their quality of life.

What Causes Paralysis?

When the nervous system is disrupted and injured, paralysis can happen. Paralysis can be the result of a spinal cord injury, a stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy.

How Is It Diagnosed?

A healthcare professional will do a full examination of your injuries to get a general understanding of how severe your case is. Your doctor will most likely order the following tests:

  • X-rays
  • Imaging tests
  • Spinal tap
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Myelogram

What Are Common Symptoms?

Paralysis can have a drastic effect on other bodily functions. Depending on your type of paralysis, you suffer from:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Speech or swallowing issues
  • Depression
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Excessively high blood pressure

Is There Treatment Available?

Unfortunately, paralysis is not curable. However, a person suffering from paralysis can improve their functions through physical, speech, and occupational therapies. These forms of therapy will help those with paralysis live a more independent and improved life.

Is Paralysis Permanent?

People can experience temporary or permanent paralysis depending on their injuries. Severe spinal cord injuries and strokes can result in permanent paralysis, whereas Bell’s palsy can cause temporary paralysis of the facial musicals.

What Doctor Do I Need To Visit?

If you recently sustained injuries in an accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately at the emergency room. After, if you are still suffering from injuries like loss of feeling in your fingers or toes, lack of mobility, or chronic spinal pain, you should seek medical attention from a neurologist.

What Forms of Compensation Are Available for Paralysis Victims?

Paralysis victims can receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Cost of therapies and treatments
  • Medication

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

To improve your chances of receiving compensation, it’s advised to seek legal guidance. Here at Lanier Law Group, P.A. we take the time to better understand your needs and circumstances to better strengthen your case.

We advocate for a wide variety of North Carolina residents who were paralyzed, and we’re able to take on even the most challenging cases. When you’re ready to move forward with receiving compensation, contact our firm at (855) 757-4204 or visit our website to get started on a free consultation form.