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The Four Types of Paralysis

When someone suffers a severe injury to their spinal cord, they can experience paralysis. This is one of the most severe injuries because it can significantly diminish bodily function. There are four different types of paralysis, all impacting the victim in different ways.


Monoplegia is a type of paralysis that only impacts one limb. For instance, you may suffer from monoplegia that impacts one arm only. You may lose complete function, or it may be incomplete paralysis in which you maintain some function.


Hemiplegia means half of the body has been impacted by paralysis. You may experience the effects of paralysis in both your arm and leg on one side of the body. You would require specialized medical equipment, but you maintain function in one side of your body.


Paraplegia impacts the body at the location of the injury and below. However, the injury cannot occur at the cervical level of the spine. However, injuries to the thoracic and lumbar spine can impact your lower limbs and pelvic area. In most situations, someone with paraplegia may need to use a wheelchair to get around.


Quadriplegia means all four limbs are impacted. It results from an injury to the highest level of the spine and spinal cord. The bodily function will be limited and often require wheelchair use. This is the worst-case scenario when someone suffers paralysis.

Paralysis can occur in various accidents. In many cases, the result is because of negligence, and you deserve to hold the responsible party accountable and seek compensation. Working with the right legal team can help you every step of the way.

At BD&J, PC, we work for you. We care about getting you results when you need them most. You can rely on our Los Angeles spine injury lawyers to seek the maximum amount available to you. Our goal is to safeguard your rights and options moving forward.

Contact our firm today at (855) 906-3699 for your free consultation.