Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, describes the complete loss of motor function in a victim’s legs and arms. A workplace spinal injury causing quadriplegia is one of the most devastating injuries an employee can experience. Patients who suffer a spinal injury causing quadriplegia should immediately contact a back injury lawyer to protect their rights. At our Indianapolis and Kokomo offices, we are committed to providing our quadriplegia clients with the utmost respect and personalized attention.
What is Quadriplegia?
Quadriplegia is generally caused by injury high on the spine or neck, affecting the upper part of the spinal cord and lower part of the brain. Injury to the vertebrae can damage the spinal cord, the brain's primary avenue of communication with the body. When the nerve cells of the spinal cord are damaged, these signals become weakened, or impossible to transmit at all.
Quadriplegics retain no motor function and little or no sensory function in their extremities and torso. Quadriplegia is defined as either complete or incomplete. Complete quadriplegics retain no sensory or motor function in their limbs, while incomplete quadriplegics may retain some sensory in certain parts of their bodies. Quadriplegia differs from quadriparesis injury, in which the vertebrae are less severely damaged, and the arms and legs retain some degree of function.
In addition to paralyzing the limbs partially or completely, quadriplegia may have other consequences, including:
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Pressure sores, which result from lack of movement
- Osteoporosis. or loss of bone strength due to disuse
- Spasticity and tightening of the muscles of the legs or arms
- Muscle atrophy from disuse
Recovering Damages after Injury
Full-body paralysis is one of the most unfortunate results of a work place accident. Victims of these accidents are eligible for compensation from Indiana workers' compensation regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Because quadriplegia patients are usually restricted to a wheelchair, and are unable to continue in physically demanding jobs, some victims can also receive disability compensation.
Employers in Indiana are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, which assists employees and their families following a workplace injury. Since quadriplegia treatment is very expensive, it is important that victims are well-represented when submitting their claims. Only an expert attorney can make certain that the full extent of your needs are represented, and that the compensation provided will cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
If a third party (such as another motorist or a manufacturer of faulty equipment) is involved in a workplace injury, the victim may be eligible for additional compensation from that party. Our attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation to determine if any third parties are responsible for your injury.
Patients and their loved ones are advised to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible in order to begin the process of filing claims for compensation. Golitko & Daly have helped many Indianapolis workers receive the compensation they deserve.
Living with Quadriplegia
Quadriplegia can be emotionally and physically devastating for the injured and their family. Patients often experience feelings of helplessness, anger, depression, and confusion regarding their spinal injury. We fight to help patients regain their financial stability following a workplace spinal injury, so they can focus on rebuilding their lives. For more information, contact Golitko & Daly today.