What is Quadriplegia?
When one of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck are injured or damaged, quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, is the result. Not only is a loss of feeling in the legs and arms, both lower and upper parts of the body, a result of quadriplegia, but intense stinging and pain caused by nerve damage, bladder and bowel complications, as well as muscle spasms occur.
What Causes Quadriplegia?
Any injury high in the spinal cord or that affects multiple regions in the brain can lead to paralysis in all four limbs. Spinal cord injuries account for the majority of quadriplegia cases, with the leading causes of spinal cord injuries as follows:
- Car accidents (37%)
- Falls (30%)
- Violence (28%); gun shots are the leading cause of violent injuries, accounting for fully 14% of all spinal cord injuries.
- Sports and recreational activities (9%)
- Medical and surgical accidents (4%)
How Does Quadriplegia Affect the Body?
Quadriplegics struggle with the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain; this can be due to changes in sensory perception, but also the product of chronic disuse. A quadriplegic who regains some sensation may find that his arms ache due to muscle atrophy.
- Loss of sensation below the site of the injury.
- Inability to move the limbs below the site of the injury.
- Spasticity; this involves sudden, uncontrolled movements, particularly in areas most affected by the paralysis.
- Difficulties with bladder elimination; loss of sensation and muscle control below the site of the injury can lead to fecal or urinary incontinence, difficulty eliminating without help, and frequent urinary tract infections.
- Respiratory infections; particularly common in the months following an injury, these infections are the leading cause of death among spinal cord injury survivors.
- Changes in or difficulties with fertility and sexual function.
- Secondary infections due to inability to move, including bedsores.
- Psychological concerns, particularly anxiety and depression.
- Difficulties with bodily awareness.
- Weight gain, particularly if you are unable to exercise, do not pursue physical therapy, or chronically overeat.
How Pennsylvania Quadriplegia Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered or are suffering with quadriplegia as a result of someone’s negligence you could receive compensation for all that you have endured. Our quadriplegia injury attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm want to help you gain some peace of mind after this devastating event. We will stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Please, call our Pennsylvania Quadriplegia Attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309. We have offices in Scranton, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and will travel to you.
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