Paralysis

Spinal Cord Injury-Induced Paralysis

An injury to the neck or spine can result in immediate and permanent paralysis below the site of the injury. The attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, have successfully represented numerous people with spinal cord injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Spinal cord injuries are typically caused by a traumatic accident like a car wreck or a fall that results in the breaking or dislocating of a vertebra, one of the bones that surround and protect the spinal cord.

Most spinal cord injuries do no completely sever the spinal cord. Instead, they cause enough damage to partially or totally impair the ability of the spinal cord to send messages between the brain and other parts of the body. When this ability is totally impaired, paralysis is the result.

Paralysis, Neck and Back Injuries

Injuries to the neck, or cervical spine, often result in quadriplegia, the loss of feeling and function from the neck down. If the injury site is high enough, the injured person may require a ventilator or pacemaker. The exact site of the injury will determine whether the person has any function in his or her hands, wrists, shoulders or arms. Injuries to the thoracic nerves of the upper back can sometimes result in paraplegia, the loss of sensation and motor function from the waist down.

People who are paralyzed because of spinal cord injuries have more reason than ever to believe a cure for this devastating condition may one day be achieved, thanks to advances in research and technology.

Living With Spinal Cord Injuries

Until a cure emerges for permanent spinal cord injuries, the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States living with spinal cord injuries must rely on rehabilitation therapies and skill-building activities to help them adapt to their condition.

Please visit our case results page to learn about our successful representation of people with spinal cord injuries. Our lawyers represent victims of negligence in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.