Quadriplegia is the paralysis that results from serious spinal cord injury. Sudden violent impact in an accident can crush the spine and the spinal cord. The most common type of accident by which paralysis is sustained is motor vehicle accidents. Fifty five percent of all spinal cord injuries are the catastrophic outcome of serious auto accidents. Quadriplegia can leave a person severely, and often permanently, paralyzed and can greatly reduce a victim's life span. This tragedy is often intensified when the cause of an automobile accident is a defective auto component.
Auto defects in design, production, and repair can greatly increase the risks that a person will sustain serious injury, such as quadriplegia, in an automobile accident. There are two types of auto defects that greatly increase the chances that a person might suffer quadriplegia or other spinal cord injury in a car accident. Roof crush is the result of inadequate structural roof support in a motor vehicle. Roofs are intended not only to provide enclosure in a vehicle but also to provide protection in the event of a collision. Despite this intended function, many roofs easily crumble one foot or more in vehicle accidents. One of the most common catastrophic injuries sustained in a roof crush accident is neck and spinal cord injuries, including quadriplegia in more serious cases.
Roof crush occurs most often as a result of rollover in vehicle accidents. Some vehicles are much more likely to rollover in a vehicle accident due to structural design flaws in the vehicle. Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, are four to sixteen times more likely to rollover in a vehicle accident than other passenger vehicles. Rollover is one of the most common vehicle accidents that causes quadriplegia. Though automobile manufacturers are well aware of their product's increased rollover risks, they choose not to implement structural safety measures that would protect consumers because of the potential financial implications of these life-saving improvements.
Quadriplegia is the term used for a spinal cord injury that leaves a person with no control, feeling, or movement in all four arms and legs and the trunk of the body. Quadriplegia injuries can be complete (total) or incomplete (partial). Quadriplegia is the outcome of extensive nerve damage in the spinal cord which cannot be repaired. In some cases, quadriplegia impairments can improve with time if the spinal cord was bruised or swollen, but often times quadriplegia leaves a patient with insurmountable permanent disability.
Symptoms of quadriplegia include loss of feeling and movement below the neck region, difficulty or inability to breathe independently, loss of bowel and bladder control, reduced organ function, low blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and more. A comprehensive treatment plan can be developed to help a person who has suffered from quadriplegia. While treatment can manage a patient's condition, there is no cure for quadriplegia.
News on Quadriplegia:
March 30, 2005 - Quadriplegic joining the fight for spinal cord injury bill
March 28, 2005 - Defective door latch lawsuit settled