Paralysis is the result of a serious spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury paralysis can be the unfortunate outcome of automobile accidents. It is estimated that fifty-five percent of all spinal cord injury paralysis is caused in motor vehicle accidents. Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis can be devastating in their own right, but can be made much more complicated when the injuries were caused by an auto defect in an auto accident.
Paralysis can be the dreadful outcome of an accident that was caused or exacerbated by an automobile defect. Roof crush and rollover accidents are examples of incidents caused by defects in an automobile's strength and integrity that make an individual more prone to injuries which result in paralysis. Roof crush occurs when a vehicle's roof structure provides inadequate protection to those involved in a vehicle accident. Roof crush is often a consequence of rollover accidents. Roof crush depletes victim survival space inside a vehicle and often creates a large space through which a passenger can be ejected from the automobile. The most common injury sustained in auto defect roof crush incidents is trauma to the neck and spinal cord, which results in paralysis.
Rollover can also be the result of defective automobiles. Rollover accidents are known to cause catastrophic injury, including brain injury, paralysis, and even death. Vehicles have a greater propensity to rollover in an accident when they offer less stability on the road. SUVs are particularly prone to rollover due to their design. Forty percent of all fatal rollover accidents involve SUVs. SUV manufactures are well aware that their product's defective structural design creates an increased risk of rollover in vehicle accidents. Despite these serious risks, many auto makers forgo vehicle safety modifications or recalls of unsafe vehicles to achieve greater long term profit margins.
Paralysis is a common spinal cord injury that can be suffered in these accidents when violent and sudden impact crushes the spine and its cord. The spinal cord functions as a messenger between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spinal cord or spine is damaged in an accident, a patient may suffer some degree of temporary or permanent paralysis. Depending on the location of the spinal cord injury, a person may lose control and sensation in different regions of the body. Paraplegia is the name given to paralysis that affects the lower extremities and part, or all, of the trunk. Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, is paralysis that affects all four extremities and the trunk; basically everything from the neck down. In addition to losing sensation or control of these body areas, a paralysis victim may also lose bladder and bowel control.
Paralysis can vary in severity from partial to complete loss of function or feeling in parts of the body. In some cases, early and effective medical treatment can facilitate recovery from paralysis. The longer a person suffers paralysis the greater the likelihood that paralysis will be permanent. Paralysis is the catastrophic outcome of vehicle accidents that are many times the result of auto defects.