Paraplegia is most often a result of a traumatic injury to the spinal cord nervous tissue or the resulting inflammation and swelling that occurs around the point of injury.
The area of the spinal canal which is affected in paraplegia is the chest, abdominal, or spinal regions.
The types of falls that cause paralyzing injuries happen from ladders; from scaffolding; from roofs; from slipping, tripping, and stumbling; from stairs; into a hole; and from falling out of a building.
Some people with paraplegia can walk to some degree, but most are dependent on wheelchairs. Impotence and various degrees of urinary and fecal incontinence are very common for people suffering from paraplegia. Many use catheters or suppositories and enemas to address these urinary and bowel problems.
Due to the decrease or loss of feeling or function in the lower extremities, paraplegia contributes to medical complications such as pressure sores, thrombosis, and pneumonia.
Attorneys at Anapol Schwartz have settled catastrophic paraplegia lawsuits as a result of residential construction accidents. In 2008 a jury awarded a paraplegia victim $14 million because the victim lacked proper training and created his own safety device which failed. What he should have had was -- proper safety training and provisions for adequate safety equipment.