Paralysis Law and Legal Definition

Paralysis is defined as the loss or impairment of the ability to move or feel a body part. Paralysis is typically caused by damage to the nervous system caused by a spinal injury. Many personal injury claims are filed due to paralysis from such torts, among others, as auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, crimes, and workplace injuries.

There are several categories of paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. The paraplegic has lost the partial or complete ability to move the legs while the quadriplegic is partially or completely unable to move both the legs and arms. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent.