November 8, 2013
Paralysis in itself is a life-altering result of a spinal cord injury, especially when an individual loses all sensation and it affects most of the body. But even those who experience partial loss of feeling can still end up dealing with other medical problems. These can impact recovery and quality of life.
Common Medical Problems That Accompany Paralysis
Some living with paralysis may have a shorter lifespan, which may be a result of complications associated with the condition. For instance, some patients may develop bedsores which may increase risk of infection. Bedsores are common in paralyzed patients who stay in one position for an extended period of time.
Another complication that could be life-threatening is autonomic dysreflexia. The autonomic nervous system is the part of the body that regulates breathing and blood pressure. When normal functioning is hindered, it can raise blood pressure and slow the patient’s heartbeat.
The following are other medical problems that may not necessarily shorten life but they can certainly impact quality of life:
- Blood clots
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Bladder/urinary traction infections
- Sexual dysfunction
- Breathing difficulties
- Loss of muscle tone
- Tightened muscles
- Chronic pain
There are also medical problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle in those with paralysis. For instance, they may be at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Men may have trouble achieving an erection. A person’s sexual health can be included under “quality of life” for compensatory damages.
If another’s careless or reckless actions are to blame for a patient’s paralysis after a car accident, that individual may be liable for damages. Compensation could address the financial, emotional and physical losses associated with paralysis and any medical conditions associated with it.
If you’re in need of legal assistance to pursue these damages, contact the Hensley Legal Group.