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If the term paresis seems similar to the word paralysis, you would not be far off in thinking the two are related. The Very Well Health website describes paresis as a weakness in the limbs that can also manifest as paralysis. Like paralysis, paresis can result from a catastrophic injury and could cause great physical difficulties for California injury victims for the remainder of their lives.

A number of catastrophic injuries can produce paresis. A person who has been in an auto accident might take a blow to one or more of the nerves. Damage to the nerves can cause weakness to select parts of the body. A damaged nerve in the leg may impair the leg’s movement. A nerve in the neck that is pinched can create paresis in the arm, the hand or the wrist.

Paresis can also be the result of a spinal cord injury. Sometimes a blow to the spinal cord can paralyze the legs or the whole lower body, but if the damage is only partial, the victim may be mostly mobile but selectively weak. Paresis sufferers might be able to only slightly shift their bodies. Others may be strong with one leg but weak in the other.

Paresis can be temporary or permanent. Medical professionals will work with an injury victim to isolate what causes the paresis and come up with a rehabilitation routine to help bring about recovery or to minimize the effects of what could be permanent physical weakness.

Since paresis may not be very intense, it can be overlooked as momentary weakness. It is important for people who have been injured recently to take note of any persistent weakness and let a physician know about it. If paresis is diagnosed and is the result of a catastrophic injury, a victim could receive compensation for paresis treatment and rehabilitation.

While this article provides information on catastrophic injuries, it should not be taken as legal advice.