Shelnutt & Varner, Attorneys at Law


Paralysis is one of the most difficult types of diagnoses to hear. After an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or work-related accident, temporary or permanent paralysis can result due to a head injury, or a neck/spinal cord injury.

If you or a loved suffered paralysis as a result of somebody else’s negligence, please call Shelnutt & Varner at 256-547-4988 for a free review of your claim.

What Is Paralysis?

Paralysis refers to a loss of nerve and muscle function and can indicate a variety of movement limitations, depending on the severity and location of the injury. Whatever the cause, when paralysis is an end result, a very long and difficult road lies ahead for victims and their family members.

With paralysis, messages are not allowed to be sent and received properly between the brain and certain body parts. Lack of oxygen to the spinal cord or brain can result from physical trauma, leaving the victim with dysfunctional neurological cells.

Where paralysis occurs and how long it lasts has everything to do with the details of the accident and the exact areas that suffered impact. When the lower half of the body (the lower trunk and legs) becomes paralyzed, it is referred to as paraplegia. Paralysis of the arms and legs is called quadriplegia. Paralysis can occur immediately, or may set in gradually. Symptoms of paralysis include numbness, loss of sensation, and tingling.

Identifying Paralysis

After an accident involving injury or impact to the head, neck, back or spinal cord, emergency room doctors may use nerve conduction studies, CT scans, MRI tests, and blood studies to identify signs of paralysis. Once a paralysis diagnosis is made, there may still be so many unanswered questions. In many cases, the possibility of regaining the use of paralyzed areas of the body can be hard to determine.

Supporting Paralysis Victims

It is crucial that paralysis victims get the support they need from family members, friends, and trusted medical professionals. As the treatment bills, medication costs, and other medical expenses continue to add up, your family may be feeling stretched thin and experiencing financial hardship. A skilled attorney team can provide the legal guidance you need to seek compensation after an accident. If you feel the accident was caused by the carelessness of another, a personal injury lawyer can guide you through the claims process and help you fight for compensation.

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Paralysis Injury Resources

Moving forward with a personal injury claim is not simply retribution for another’s wrongdoing. It is a method of survival, a tool your family can use to ensure your loved one is well cared for throughout the healing process. Damages for a paralysis injury claim can include compensation for lost income, property damage, hospital bills, ongoing physical and emotional therapy, and related future expenses. Trust the experienced serious injury team at Shelnutt & Varner.
Find out more about your right to compensation after a serious accident left you or a loved one paralyzed. Please contact Shelnutt & Varner, by calling 256-547-4988 or through our online form today for your free personal injury consultation.

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