7 Common Accidents That Lead to Paralysis in Pennsylvania

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
August 23, 2022

When a person becomes paralyzed due to an accident, their entire way of life will change in an instant. A person who may have been independent and active may now be bound to a wheelchair and dependent on others to complete daily tasks. This new reality can be devastating to accident victims. While any accident may lead to paralysis, there are several types of accidents that commonly lead to paralysis in Pennsylvania.

The legal team at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. have over 65 years of experience helping clients who have suffered paralysis as a result of an accident. Our team of personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve to cover the losses you have suffered as a result of your injury.

Common Paralyzing Accidents in Pennsylvania

Paralysis is considered a catastrophic injury due to the fact that the spinal cord is injured when this type of injury occurs. Often resulting in millions of dollars in losses due to extensive medical treatment and ongoing care, individuals who suffer paralysis as a result of an accident they did not cause deserve to be compensated. Some of the most common accidents that have led to paralysis in Pennsylvania include:

  • Falls from extreme heights
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Industrial accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Defective products

If you have been paralyzed in an accident, you may be feeling hopeless. While it may not be possible to reverse your injury, you can still seek justice against the negligent party who caused your accident. To get help filing a personal injury claim, speak to an experienced Pennsylvania lawyer.

What Are the Types of Paralysis?

Many people assume that paralysis generally means that a person has lost some degree of mobility and is typically wheelchair bound. However, it is not that simple. There are four different ways that medical professionals may classify paralysis.


Localized paralysis will only affect a specific part of the body like your legs or face. Generalized localized paralysis may affect multiple parts of the body:

  • Monoplegia: Affects only one arm or leg
  • Hemiplegia: Affects one arm and one leg on the same side of your body
  • Paraplegia: Affects both of your legs
  • Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia: Affects both of your arms and both of your legs

If you are suffering from any of these types of localized paralysis, you may be owed compensation for your losses.


Depending on how severe your paralysis is, you may have partial control over the muscles in the affected area. However, if you have complete paralysis, you will have no control at all.


In some cases, paralysis may be temporary. However, there are more serious cases where the paralysis is permanent.

Flaccid or Spastic

If you are suffering from flaccid paralysis, your muscles may shrink and become flabby and weak. Spastic paralysis has a nearly opposite effect on muscles. This condition results in tight and hard muscles that twitch uncontrollably.

Contact a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have become paralyzed as a result of an accident, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. To get help with your personal injury claim, contact a Pennsylvania lawyer as soon as possible.

Our Pennsylvania legal team is composed of trusted legal professionals who are passionate about helping clients recover compensation after they have been paralyzed from an accident caused by a negligent party. We have over 65 years of experience and will examine the facts and circumstances surrounding your case to help achieve the best possible outcome. Call (215) 822-7575 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
August 23, 2022
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