Hemiplegia is a type of paralysis that affects only one side of the body, usually just one arm and one leg. (A related condition, hemiparesis, is the significant loss of mobility on one side of the body, but not a full paralysis.) Some people with hemiplegia develop the condition after a dealing with hemiparesis.
Though the arms, legs, and sometimes torso are the regions of the body most affected by hemiplegia, in most cases these body regions are actually perfectly normal and healthy. Instead, the problem stems from the brain which is unable to produce, or send signals to control the parts of the body due to disease or trauma-related damage.
Although hemiplegia is most often caused by health related issues and disease states, it also occurs when a traumatic brain injury has affected only one side of the brain. These may be caused by a car accident, a slip and fall injury, an act of violence, or another traumatic injury.
The brain is divided into two parts, or hemispheres, separated by special nerve fibers called the corpus callosum. In general, the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. Paralysis on one side only usually indicates a problem with the opposite side of the brain.
Less often, hemiplegia results from damage to one side of the spinal cord, but these sorts of injuries more typically produce full body problems, and not just paralysis with one side of the body.
Some accidental causes of hemiplegia include:
Since hemiplegia is a varied affliction, it is difficult sometimes to determine how it will play out during the course of one’s life. For many people with hemiplegia, the condition is a temporary one, but others may struggle with hemiplegia all their life. For some, the paralysis is extensive and complete, producing a total loss of sensation and bodily control. For others, symptoms are more moderate.
Some of the ways hemiplegia affects the body include:
If your paralysis was caused by an accident, then it is important to discover if that accident could have been prevented, or was caused from the negligence of another party. The brain injury lawyers of Frekhtman & Associates are experienced in these types of investigations.
As specialized personal injury attorneys in New York City, we work with many types of experts to find out the details of how the accident occurred, we speak with medical doctors to determine the extent of the injuries and how that will affect you into the future. There are so many questions that need answered after a traumatic injury, and we will do our best to help you.
Hemiplegia can be a lifelong condition which calls for a large financial compensation to cover costs of future living. When a party’s negligence results in hemiparesis, victims may be entitled to compensation for their damages, which can include:
The brain injury attorneys at Frekhtman and Associates are committed to you and your continued well being. We will look over your information for free and will not take a any form of payment unless we win achieve a fair settlement of your case.
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