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There are few injuries as serious as head and neck injuries. Spinal cord injuries generally result from damage to the disks of the spinal column, ligaments, vertebrae, or the spinal cord itself, and they often result in long-term pain and sometimes partial or even full paralysis. As Phoenix accident and personal injury lawyers, we are accustomed to seeing injuries of all kinds resulting from all sorts of causes. Short of death, one of the most tragic results of such injuries can be paraplegia or quadriplegia; in addition to facing a frightening and unfamiliar future, you’ll find yourself beset by medical jargon and bills that can serve to compound this already frightening situation.
Quadriplegia vs Tetraplegia vs Paraplegia
As personal injury lawyers for the Phoenix area, we believe that an important aspect of serving as your paraplegia or quadriplegia attorney is making sure you understand exactly what it is you’re dealing with and what it all means. You may hear your doctor use the term tetraplegia, which is actually the same thing as quadriplegia. It refers to an injury to the spinal cord either between the cervical vertebrae C1 and C8 or above the first thoracic vertebrae, and it generally results in some degree of paralysis in the arms and legs. The extent of the paralysis can vary depending on the exact nature of the injury, rehabilitative therapy, and a number of other factors that aren’t fully understood quite yet.
Paraplegia, on the other hand, is an injury that occurs below the first thoracic vertebrae. This generally results in paralysis below the waist, and while the extent of this paralysis depends on the injury that caused it, paraplegics retain full use of their hands and arms. Some paraplegics are completely disabled from the waist down; while others only suffer decreased sensations, tingling feelings in their legs, or minor mobility issues.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, and spinal cord inflammation
- Motor vehicle accidents, causing more than 35 percent of spinal cord injuries every year
- Alcohol, which factors into one out of every four spinal injuries in the nation
- Falls, particularly after the age of 65, account for more than 25 percent of spinal cord injuries
- Impact sports, diving into shallow water and other athletic activities, making up nine percent of spinal injuries
- Violence, often involving knife or gunshot wounds, resulting in roughly 15 percent of spinal cord injuries
Let us be your Phoenix paraplegia or quadriplegia attorneys. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience LLC has extensive experience in personal injury cases. We will fight hard to protect your rights and get you the restitution and care you deserve. Furthermore, there are no up-front charges or fees when you consult with our team. If you decide to move forward on a contingency fee or percentage basis, you won’t be charged until your claim is settled and you have received your money. Call us at (480) 833-8800 or toll-free at 1-800-501-2782, or contact us online today for a FREE consultation.