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Experts define paralysis as the total loss of nerve and muscle function in one or more limbs. Often, the condition results from a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Paralysis can affect all or only portions of the body, depending on the location of the injury. Different forms of paralysis are often described by the number of limbs affected. 


If you or someone you love sustained injuries resulting in paralysis due to negligence or wrongful action, the law may entitle you to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to financial remuneration for physical and mental suffering. Each and every day, our experienced, compassionate legal team dedicates their passion and expertise to winning these justified awards for victims and their families. 

Although lawyers that paralysis and sensory loss are sometimes tough to find, here at Sneed|Mitchell LLP we make it our priority to assist victims impacted by this debilitating personal injury condition. Consultations with our personal injury attorneys are always free, and our lawyers also charge you nothing until the case is victories. 

Identifying Injuries Resulting in Paralysis

The effect of a spinal cord injury on the rest of the body is dependent on the location and extent of the damage. Typically, trauma to the nerves within the spinal column results in paralysis and loss of sensation in the portion of the body below the injury. Locations on the spinal cord can be described with the letter and number that identifies the associated vertebrae. As a result, injuries associated with or resulting in paralysis for victims are often described using the letters and numbers associated with the affected portion of the spinal column.

Trauma To Cervical Spine Level C1 to C8

Injuries to the cervical vertebrae and the upper portion of the spinal cord, which they protect, often leave victims with either severe weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs. As cervical injuries by definition occur higher up on the spine and spinal cord, and thus closer to the brainstem, the consequences of such damage are usually more severe, including:


  • Loss of sensation

  • Inability to breathe without assistive equipment

  • Inability to control signals

  • Dysfunction of the bowel and bladder

  • Needing a brace or permanent stabilization


Such injuries are typically devastating physically, emotionally, and financially for victims and their families, necessitating fierce negotiations on the part of the legal team to ensure hard-won compensation in the face of the client’s pain and suffering.


Trauma To Thoracic Spinal Area T1 to T12


Injuries to the thoracic, or middle, region of the spine and spinal cord often result in full or partial paralysis of the legs. Statistically speaking, thoracic injuries are the most common variety of spinal damage. Victims of a thoracic injury may experience:


  • Full and uninhibited control of their arms

  • Loss of physical sensation

  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction


When a client experiences any of these as the result of an injury, their life is forever altered. Full or partial paralysis of any portion of the body is a terrible event deserving just compensation for the victim and their family.

Trauma To Areas L1 to L5 of The Spine

Injuries in the lumbar region of the spine (the lower back) can cause loss of motor function in the legs while leaving upper limbs functional. Lumbar spinal cord injuries can result in varied consequences depending on their type, location, and severity. These consequences can include:


  • Inhibited control of the buttocks, genital organs, and abdomen

  • Surgical intervention is often required


Cases of lumbar spinal cord injury due to negligence, like injuries to the cervical and thoracic regions of the spine, deserve just settlements indicative of the life-altering harm borne by the victim.

Trauma To Areas S1 to S5 of The Spine  

Sacral spinal cord injuries occur at the tip of the spine. Paralysis due to sacral spinal cord injury can impair:

  • Bowel and bladder function

  • Hip and leg movement

  • Thigh strength and control

  • Movement and sensation in the calves, feet, and genital organs


Any case of injury resulting in paralysis is life-changing for the victim. All such victims deserve strong, experienced advocacy in order to pursue legal action against negligent parties and demand recompense for their suffering.

Determining Liability for Injuries Resulting in Paralysis

Paralysis by negligence or malicious actions results in life-changing emotional, physical, and financial costs for the victim. Consequently, those who have suffered full or partial paralysis as the result of negligence deserve appropriate compensation. Multiple persons or entities may be at fault for a serious injury resulting in paralysis. A skilled legal team like ours can identify all negligent parties involved in a case. The Injury Team at Seend and Mitchell has handled many similar cases. Our experience means that we know what to look for, how to demonstrate fault, and how to fight for our clients to ensure that they are awarded  the best possible settlements.

Rehabilitating and Recovery For Paralysis Symptoms

Victims of paralysis often never recover their prior style or quality of life. Skilled care and rehabilitation, however, can allow them to learn new skills in order to move forward after an injury. A qualified rehabilitation center can help victims gain these skills and address a wide-variety of their needs during their lengthy recovery. Some professionals that can aid in a client’s recovery include:


  • Psychiatrists can help victims cope with their injury and the difficult recovery process, as well as help clients develop a long-term plan for addressing their complex emotional needs.

  • Rehab nurses often work on a ‘big-picture’ level, aiding in areas such as nutrition, self-care, breathing, and education.

  • Occupational and physical therapists help victims of paralysis regain some movement with everyday exercises and routines.


Rehabilitation and recovery for people with paralysis requires extensive funding and care. If you or a loved one has had their life turned upside down from a wrongful injury resulting in paralysis, you need your due compensation to provide any available treatments. Sneed|Mitchell LLP is a team composed of dedicated, determined paralysis attorneys who understand your loss and want to help you recover.

Where Our Clients Suffer Accidents Causing Paralyzation

Although serious injuries can occur in any situation, certain types of catastrophic events more often cause debilitating injuries such as spinal cord injuries, amputations, nerve damage, and spinal cord injuries.  We understand that all of these conditions can be overwhelming and sometimes unrealistic to bear without help. That's why we are here.

Our broad scope of litigation includes the following:

Our Dedicated Legal Team Is Ready To Help You

If you or a loved one suffered paralysis as the result of a personal injury accident, call Texas Paralysis Injury Attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles has experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve after suffering permanent loss of motor function or sensory loss. Paralysis, whether localized or generalized, partial or complete, and temporary or permanent, greatly impacts the life of the victim. We can help legally fight for your injuries and losses. 




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