Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move one or more of the muscles in the body and can be associated with a loss of feeling and other bodily functions. The loss is not ordinarily to do with the muscles themselves but is generally due to nerve damage or an injury to the spinal cord.
There can often be a lot of financial pressure on the injured person and/or their family in injuries such as paralysis, so early requests for interim payments are important to help ease the financial burden at what is already a stressful time. Interim payments may not only be required to meet normal daily bills, but also to purchase specialist equipment. Our team of specialist solicitors are leading experts in respect of paralysis compensation claims and will be able to guide you through the legal process.
Types of paralysis
Paralysis can be localised or generalised.
- Localised paralysis is where a specific section of the body is paralysed such as the face or a hand.
- Generalised paralysis is where a large area of the body is affected. Examples of generalised paralysis include:
- monoplegia – is where one limb is paralysed
- hemiplegia – is where the arm and leg on one side of the body are paralysed
- paraplegia – is where both legs are paralysed, or sometimes the pelvis and some of the lower body
- Tetraplegia – also known as quadriplegia is where both arms and both legs are paralysed
In addition to the effects outlined above, paralysis can also impact an individual’s sexuality; including changes in physical functioning, sensation and response. It may also result in a number of other health issues such as urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and issues with respiratory health.
Accident circumstances that may result in paralysis
Paralysis is generally caused by a serious injury, such as a broken neck and is unfortunately usually permanent. The most common types of injury leading to paralysis include:
Paralysis can be caused by a wide range of accidents including, but not limited to:
- clinical and medical negligence
- construction site accidents
- cycling accidents
- falls from height
- road traffic accidents (RTA)
- motorcycling accidents
We understand that the needs of those who have been affected with tetraplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia or monoplegia are serious and complex, as such our Catastrophic Personal Injury (PI) and Clinical Negligence lawyers who work with paralysed clients handle a lower number of cases in order to give these clients the full time and attention they deserve.
The extent of paralysis will have an impact upon the quality of life of the injured individual and will determine their requirements for care assistance. Our legal team can also assist in terms of employment issues, rehabilitation, home adaptations and work closely with other experts to set up a trust to ensure that benefits are protected. Please see our additional services for further information on trusts.
No win, no fee claims
We will carry out a free assessment of your call and advise whether we are able to act for you under the terms of a no win, no fee agreement.
If you or a loved one has suffered a form of paralysis due to the fault of another then you may be able to bring a paralysis compensation claim. You can call our serious Personal Injury (PI) or Medical Negligence lawyers on freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.