Catastrophic auto accidents are tragic accidents that lead to a drastic change in lifestyle for the victim. For many catastrophic auto accidents, paralysis is often one of the devastating injuries leading to several long term effects of physical, financial, and emotional changes for a person who is injured. These major lifestyle changes typically include necessary occupational therapy, surgery, medication, or mobility accommodations that may also lead to effects on the person’s ability to work or get around beyond their home. While there are many potential causes of paralysis in catastrophic accidents, below are three of the most common causes and their effects on the parties involved.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries are known to be one of the main causes of paralysis resulting from a catastrophic auto accident, as there are approximately 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries per year in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While falls and being struck by objects were the leading causes of TBI, motor vehicle accidents ranked as the third leading cause of TBI, with motor vehicle accidents contributing to 19% of TBI related deaths in 2013.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal cord injuries are one of the leading causes of partial and total paralysis for victims of motor vehicle accidents. Both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries affect mobility and internal functions of the body, however paralysis is among one of the most common effects of catastrophic accidents that requires major lifestyle changes for the individual. These changes most often involve a need for assistive technology in order to move, eat, and breathe depending on the severity of the injury.
Neck injuries caused by catastrophic accidents can often lead to immediate loss of sensation in various parts of the body, most commonly partial paralysis for arms or legs. Because injuries in the neck are so closely connected to the spine, these injuries are often tied to the effects of SCIs.
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