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When a workplace injury results in paralysis

| Feb 16, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace accidents in some industries can result in catastrophic injuries such as amputation, TBI and paralysis. Often, the outcome of such severe and unexpected disabilities results in lifelong challenges. 

In many cases, victims of paralysis cannot return to their former job. With support from their family and friends, they may have the option of pursuing another career. 

Types of paralysis

Paralysis is a blanket term used to describe a range of disabilities affecting movement in a person’s body. According to WebMD, paralysis affects people differently. People with flaccid paralysis have muscles that appear saggy and will deteriorate over time. People with spastic paralysis appear stiff and have jerky muscle movements. Some of the most common types of paralysis include the following: 

  • Paraplegia  
  • Monoplegia 
  • Hemiplegia  
  • Quadriplegia  
  • Diplegia  

Acknowledging the challenge

One of the most difficult parts of a paralysis diagnosis is the emotional realization that life will never be the same. Victims will need consistent support and encouragement from the people that care about them. Caregiver.com suggests that caregivers show empathy and discuss the situation candidly. Families that approach their loved one’s situation with a realistic perspective can accurately and confidently assess future needs. 

As victims of paralysis recover, they may wish to return to work. Depending on the severity of their circumstances and the type of work they formerly did, they may have the option of working in their same industry but doing modified jobs. If this is not an option, they may wish to look for other types of work that have more flexibility for people with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation is a valuable resource for people to use as they assess their options for going back to work.