The Basics of Mobility Loss

At one point in your life, you’ve suffered some kind of injury.  It wasn’t a fun experience but you healed and got back to your daily routine in no time.

We hope these are the only kind of injuries we suffer; the kind that doesn’t have a lasting effect on who we are. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

The worst impact an injury can have is stripping someone of their mobility, leaving them unable to move certain parts or walk at all.

Loss of mobility can be devastating. Parents can’t provide for their families, kids are unable to experience a full childhood.

If your mobility loss is from an accident, you may be able to seek reparation from those who caused your injury.

Speaking to a personal injury attorney can ease the burden of this process and, if you have a strong case, could help you get on the path to financial recovery.

 

What is a Loss of Mobility?

There is no concrete legal definition for loss of mobility. Generally it refers to a partial or complete loss of movement in a joint, limb or the person’s entire body.

Obviously mobility is essential to our daily routines. To lose this vital facet of our ability is to lose everything we’ve ever known or depended on. Severe loss of mobility can make it impossible for someone to leave their home, requiring round-the-clock help.

It’s an expensive predicament that is emotionally and financially devastating.

 

Accidents/Conditions Affecting Mobility

The human body is incredibly frail. There are circumstances that could result in an injury that causes limited or loss of mobility.

A severe car accident or workplace injury could cause an injury that impacts the victim’s mobility.

Both automobile accidents and accidents in the workplace often involve crushing or twisting. If these movements happen too fast or with too much force, they can fracture vertebrae, tear tendons and ligaments, and even rip a limb from its socket.

These are also the situations in which a spinal cord injurytraumatic brain injury, or neck and back injury could result in a loss of mobility.

Medical malpractice could also be a potential cause of loss of mobility. If you were having surgery on your back or spine and the surgeon makes a mistake, it can cost you the ability to walk or move your limbs.

Mobility may also be lost by medical conditions or diseases acquired from your living or work environment.

One of the most common causes of reduced mobility is arthritis. While this is something that can occur over many years, it’s also something that can be brought on by overuse and repetitive motion that many employees have to partake in as part of their job duties.

Heavy lifting, dragging, and pivoting are some of the movements an individual might have to do on-the-job that could result in severe arthritis.

 

Life with Limited Mobility

Now we’ll take a look at some of the symptoms of that mobility loss, and how they affect the victim’s life.

One form of mobility loss that almost everyone is familiar with is paralysis. Paralyzation can occur in one body part, like the face or a single limb, or it can affect the whole body from head to toe.

For the victim, it is often devastating and requires months, if not years, of physical therapy and, in some cases, comes with little to no chance of a cure.

In cases where an accident caused a limb or digit to be severely cut, amputation is another symptom of mobility loss.

While having an arm amputated may be better than a leg, any loss of limb is likely to be life changing. Driving, working, going to the store; all these things have to be re-learned and dealt with in a new way.

There are also a number of small symptoms and side effects that would have a profound effect on an individual who lost their mobility. These include but are not limited to:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phantom pains
  • Bedsores
  • Ulcers
  • Blood clots
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Reduced sexual function/drive
  • Gastro-intestinal issues
  • Cognitive/behavioral changes
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight

 

Special Considerations

Depending on the root cause of the loss of mobility, there may be multiple treatments recommended by a doctor. Most cases included at least some kind of physical therapy. The injured individual may also need to use mobility devices, such as:

 

  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Prosthetic limbs
  • Wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Walkers
  • Mobility scooters

 

Time is of the Essence

While some mobility limiting injuries do not have a cure, others do; and it is in those situations where time may be the most important factor of all.

Seeing a doctor and starting the recommended therapies, treatments, and surgeries  could be the difference between returning to normal or living with a disability forever.

Don’t wait to get the treatment you need because you can’t afford to pay for the consequences of someone else’s negligence. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our skillful personal injury lawyers.