Paraplegia and Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia) – How family members can help

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Paraplegia and Tetraplegia (also called Quadriplegia) are two severe forms of paralysis that can result from a Spinal Cord Injury. Paraplegia consists of paralysis from the waist down (loss of sensation and movement in the legs), which is usually caused by an injury to the lower back. Tetraplegia is paralysis from the neck down (including arms, legs and the torso), which results from an injury to the neck.

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Spinal cord injuries can present different symptoms based on the location and the severity of the injury. Symptoms may include pain, numbness or a complete loss of sensation in the affected areas. In some cases, muscles may move uncontrollably, become weak, or completely unresponsive.

The rehabilitation process is different for everyone and must be adapted to each person’s needs. Having a good support system, like the help from a family member, can be extremely helpful.

How can I help a family member during their rehabilitation?

One of the most important things you can do for yourself (or a family member who has suffered a Spinal Cord Injury) is to establish a good support system as soon as possible. In addition to doctors and health professionals, your support system should include a legal team that will provide you with the best and most up-to-date legal advice.

There are some things that family members need to keep in mind during the rehabilitation process:

  • Never give up hope.
  • Maintain a journal and keep accurate records of all your experiences and changes you observe with your loved one.
  • Include your loved one in discussions and activities.
  • Communicate and advocate.
  • Take time to care for yourself.

If you or a loved one suffer from Paraplegia or Tetraplegia, get in touch with us to discuss the details of your situation with an experienced lawyer. Cantini Law Group has over 28 years experience helping people with personal injury and disability lawsuits. Contact Us at 1-844-CANTINI (226-8464).

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