Car Accidents and Paralysis

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While car accidents can lead to any type of injury, a spine or spinal cord injury can be one of the most severe. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions or high-impact crashes can result in significant damage to your spinal cord, which can result in paralysis.

After a car accident, you can pursue compensation for the injuries you sustain, including the lifetime you must endure with paralysis. However, before you move forward, you should know how this type of injury impacts your car accident claim and what you can do moving forward.

Your Body in a Car Accident

One of the more damaging—and common—types of accidents is a rear-end collision. In these crashes, you may suffer whiplash, which causes damage to your neck and upper back. The nerves in the spinal cord in this area control a large portion of your body’s function. Should the damage sever the spinal cord, you can suffer paralysis.

Levels of Spine Injuries

Spine injuries can occur at different levels of your spine, and the result is dependent on where the injury occurs. Below, we’ll talk about the four levels of the spine and the type of paralysis they can cause.

  • Cervical spine injuries: These injuries result in quadriplegia, impacting all four limbs.
  • Thoracic spine injuries: These injuries result in paraplegia, impacting the lower part of your body.
  • Lumbar spine injuries: These injuries can result in some lower body functionality, but you may still be able to walk.
  • Sacral spine injuries: These injuries can result in some functionality loss, but most likely allow for you to walk.

Our Birmingham car accident lawyers at Montgomery Ponder, LLC are here to help you. If you suffer severe injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, know that we’ll work hard to help pursue the compensation you need and deserve moving forward.

Call our firm today at (205) 377-5004 for a free consultation to discuss your options.