An auto accident can result in serious injuries to you spinal cord, to which you might be entitled to some form of recovery. In Michigan, you are entitled to sue for auto negligence resulting from a car accident if you sustain such a serious injury, if it is considered a serious impairment of an important body function.
Some examples of serious impairments are quadriplegia and paraplegia, because these disabling conditions affect your ability to live your normal life.
While quadriplegia is often thought of as being completely paralyzed in all four limbs, you can still have some function of your arms and still be considered a quadriplegic. Depending on where your cervical spine (neck) has been injured, your quadriplegia could result in a variety of limitations in your arms, hands, and wrists.
Paraplegia is also the result of a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis of the lower half of the body, including your legs. Again, as with quadriplegia, there might be a misconception that you must be totally paralyzed to suffer from paraplegia. Paraplegics are commonly able to have some mobility in their legs. Other complications with paraplegia are also impotence, incontinence, as well as ulcers and pressure sores.
If you’ve been involved in a car crash in Michigan and feel that you have some of these residual effects, a spinal cord injury may be the cause, and you may be entitled to compensation.