Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, and Disability
Until they are stricken with a disabling injury or illness, most people never consider the possibility that they could be the victim of such an accident or injury. Without some degree of optimism, it would be easy to be driven to distraction by the incredible variety of ways that one could become seriously hurt. But it is estimated that at least one in five American workers will suffer a disability that prevents them from working for a period of one year or longer by the time they reach retirement age.
Spinal cord injuries, congenital defects, and other complications that result in paraplegia or quadriplegia can leave an individual unable to work and with little likelihood of improved circumstances. To ensure that you have access to the Social Security Disability benefits that you are due under the law, contact the Indianapolis disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to speak with a compassionate and experienced attorney about your case.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Though spinal cord injuries are not the only potential cause of paraplegia or quadriplegia, they are the most common instigator for these disabling conditions. Paraplegics have limited or no control over their legs and therefore face immense challenges associated with mobility and navigating many work environments. Beyond that, they may have compromised control over their bladder and bowels, creating further obstacles to workplace integration. Quadriplegics face an even more daunting array of difficulties as they cannot control any of their limbs. Causes of spinal cord injuries may be:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Assaults and physical violence
- Falling from elevation
- Any forceful impact that compresses, rotates, or pierces the spine