Car Accident Injuries that can Cause Paralysis

Particular accident-related injuries can potentially become permanent and result in paralysis. Individuals who suffer these injuries often require extensive, comprehensive medical treatment, as well as long-term physical therapy and other types of continuous care. In some cases, car accident victims become wheelchair bound disallowing them from resuming life as they knew it.

Some people end up having to switch professions to maintain a steady source of income. Others may be unable to return to work at all. Paralysis can inflict a great deal of physical, emotional and financial stress and hardship. Here are the injuries that most commonly cause paralysis.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries account for 23 percent of paralysis cases in the United States. This type of injury can leave a person with permanent neurological damage. Traumatic brain injuries affect around 1.4 million Americans annually. Around 80,000 people live with permanent disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injuries, and approximately 50,000 people die each year. Also, roughly 235,000 people with this type of injury spend considerable time in the hospital annually.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Every year, about 12,000 to 15,000 Americans become involved in accidents that leave them with severe spinal cord injuries. The severity of such an injury depends on its extent and the affected part of the spinal cord. These kinds of injuries typically result in partial or even complete paralysis.

Frequently, victims suffer complete paralysis, which renders him or her unable to function or feel sensation from the neck down. These injuries lead to loss of motor skills, impaired breathing, and impairment of other essential functions. Individuals who suffer spinal cord injuries commonly require extensive treatment and lifelong comprehensive care.

Neck Injuries

Also known as cervical injuries, neck injuries are often severe and can lead to paralysis of both arms and both legs. This serious medical condition is known as quadriplegia and means that all of the individual’s limbs are paralyzed or that the person is paralyzed from the neck down.

This kind of injury is severe and typically requires extensive care including medication, surgery, continuous physical therapy, and assisted care. People with quadriplegia often cannot care for themselves and need full-time assistance from a caregiver or therapist.

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