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Terms and conditions

Effective as of December 2nd, 2013

Definition of service

The service we provide under the name of paraforum includes all the functionalities and contents that are associated with the following web domains paraforum.ch, paraforum.org and all their subdomains. For the rest of this document, the term paraforum will refer to this definition.


Registration Data

Certain areas of paraforum (such as those where users can upload, post or share information) are only available to users if they register with us. To register users need to provide a verifiable email address, choose a username, complete the required fields on the registration form and read and accept the paraforum Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. Once users have done this we will send them a confirmation email with their registration information.

When registering, users agree (i) to provide certain current, complete, and accurate information about them as prompted to do so by our online registration form ("Registration Data"), and (ii) to maintain and update such Registration Data as required to keep such information up to date, complete and accurate. Users guarantee that their Registration Data is and will be accurate and up to date, and that they are authorized to provide such Registration Data. Users authorize us to verify their Registration Data at any time. If any Registration Data that they provide is untrue, inaccurate, not up to date or incomplete, we retain the right in our sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the users’ rights to use their account. Solely to enable us to use information users supply us internally, so that we are not violating any rights they might have in that information, they grant to us a nonexclusive license to convert such information into digital format such that it can be read, utilized and displayed by our computers or any other technology currently in existence or hereafter developed capable of utilizing digital information.

Paraforum does not provide medical advice.

The contents of paraforum, such as texts, graphics, images, information offered by our online health professionals, and other material displayed through paraforum are for informational purposes only. Any content on paraforum is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The advice provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The content is not exhaustive and cannot always reflect the most recent research in all health and medical areas that are relevant in the field of spinal cord injury or in other related health conditions.

Paraforum has sections (e.g. the Fora) where users can interact among themselves and with health professionals. The material posted in these sections can be presented by health professionals and by a non-medical audience for discussion purposes only. All material cannot and should never be used as a basis for diagnosis and choice of treatment.

Users are responsible for always seeking the advice of health professionals or other qualified health providers with any questions they might have regarding a medical condition. They are urged not to disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something they have read on paraforum. If users think they may have a medical emergency, they should contact emergency cares nearby.

Paraforum does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the website. Reliance on any information provided by paraforum, its online health professionals or content-managers is solely at users’ own risk.

To the fullest extent possible, we exclude all liability with respect to the information and opinions contained in any section of paraforum where users can exchange and share information and views.

Any information given on our website for drugs, technical equipment, medical treatments, specific treatment of legal issues and all other issues is only for Switzerland. Users are invited to inform themselves about this information in the context of other countries.

Behaviour of the paraforum online community

Paraforum is moderated by content managers. Indeed, we want to make paraforum a safe, professional, and interesting platform for users to find information, ask questions and make comments. Users of paraforum are granted freedom of expression within the reasonable confines of appropriate behaviour. Our moderation policy applies to any area of paraforum where users might post comments, threads, or contribute in any other way. Our basic rules include:

  • Paraforum is not a platform to advertise or promote users’ own services. Users who post information about their own company/business will be asked to desist and will eventually be banned from the website.
  • We expect users to behave appropriately and sensitively at all times and never post comments which are knowingly offensive.
  • Bad language will not be tolerated at all.
  • Users shall not post or upload any information or other content that is obscene, indecent, and/or contains pornography.
  • Deliberately inflammatory comments about sex, age, race, religion, or politics, or any other derogatory or personal attacks will not be tolerated, and any attempts by members to deliberately provoke another member on these grounds will result in a temporary ban and the original thread being removed.
  • By posting on paraforum users guarantee that their content does not infringe any copyright, database rights, trade mark or other intellectual property right or other right of any other person. Also, they guarantee that their content does not contain any information about any persons under the age of 16 unless users are either their parents or legal guardians, or have signed permission from their parents or legal guardians.
  • Content posted on paraforum by users should not give the impression it emanates from us where this is not the case.
  • When the content-managers remove a post on one of the services offered by paraforum, they explain why, both to the community and to the individual.

We reserve the right to reject, block, suspend, or remove any material that contravenes these rules and at our sole discretion. We in no way guarantee that users’ content or any part of it will be displayed on the website. Any content is published at our discretion. Also, we reserve the right to remove, disable, or block member accounts based on any behaviour which contravenes these rules.

If there is anything users are unhappy about on paraforum they can contact us, by writing an email to: info@paraforum.ch.

Use of the website and copyright

Users of paraforum grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use their content according to our Privacy Policy. They grant us all necessary rights, licenses, consents and clearances to allow us to use that content. By posting content on shared areas of paraforum, users grant us the right to use, copy, display, translate and edit derivative works of users’ submissions.

Visitors of paraforum may access, view and print copies of material contained in the areas of paraforum that do not require registration. However, they can use this material for information purposes and for non-commercial, personal use only. All copyrights are kept on the material. Visitors are not allowed to modify, reproduce, display, or distribute the material for any public or research use without prior written consent from the paraforum team.

Service access

While paraforum is normally available 24 hours a day, we shall not be liable if for any reason the website is unavailable at times. Access to the website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of a system failure, maintenance, repair, or for reasons beyond our control. We also retain the right to interrupt the paraforum service at any time and without notice.

Links to and from other websites

Links to third party websites on paraforum are provided solely for users’ convenience. We are not responsible for content or availability of third party websites. Links to other websites do not imply any endorsement of the material on those websites. If users choose to follow links to other websites they do so at their own risk.

If users would like to link to paraforum, they have to ask for our permission. They can request permission from us by sending an email to info@paraforum.ch.


Our online community is solely for users aged 16 and over. The registration to, use of or access to the online community by anyone under 16 years of age is unauthorised, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms and Conditions. By using the online community users warrant that they are 16 years of age or older. We reserve the right to terminate an account without warning if we believe that the user is under 16 years of age.

Member password and login identity

Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their member password and login and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under their password or account with or without their knowledge. If users knowingly provide their login and password information to another person, their account privileges may be suspended temporarily or terminated. Users agree to immediately notify the paraforum team at info@paraforum.ch of any unauthorized use of their account password or login or any other security violation.

Account termination

Users agree that we may terminate a user’s account and access to paraforum for reasons without prior notice upon the occurrence of any one of the following: (a) any violation of this agreement or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by the user (self-initiated account cancellation), (d) unexpected technical issues or problems, and (e) extended period of inactivity. Account termination involves removal of access to all services of paraforum and deletion of user’s login data, password, and all related information. Furthermore, users agree that all terminations shall be made in our sole discretion, and that we will not be liable to users or any third-party for any termination of the account or access to paraforum. We have no obligation to maintain, store, or transfer information or data to users that they have posted on or uploaded to paraforum.

Material on paraforum

We may apply changes to the material published on paraforum at any time without notice. Certain information on paraforum may contain typographical or other errors.
Please note that for the sake of greater clarity and readability we have used the masculine form throughout the content published on paraforum.
Paraforum may contain health- or medical-related materials that are sexually explicit. If users find these materials offensive, they may not want to use our site.


Paraforum has a 'no advertising' policy that we strive to sustain. Users are asked not to post any advertisements.


An account on paraforum is free.

Interference with use and working of paraforum

Users may not use any “deep-link”, “page-scrape”, “robot”, “spider”, or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy, or monitor any portion of paraforum, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of paraforum, to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents, or information through any means not purposely made available through the site. Users may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any part or feature of paraforum.

Users may not post content on paraforum that contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, spiders, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage the community.

Users may not attempt to make paraforum unavailable through denial-of-service attacks or similar means. Also, they may not use contact information provided by users, or collect information about users, to facilitate the sending of unsolicited communications such as SPAM.

Alerting the paraforum team

If users see anything on the paraforum website which appears to infringe this Terms and Conditions, they can contact us at: info@paraforum.ch.


Neither we, nor any other party involved in creating, producing, maintaining or delivering paraforum, will be liable for any amount or kind of loss or damage that may affect users or a third party including without limitation of any loss of income, profits, goodwill, data, contracts, use of money, or loss or damages arising from or connected in any way to business interruption, whether in tort, contract or otherwise (including without limitation negligence) in connection with: the use, inability to use or the results of use of paraforum, any websites linked to it, or the material on such websites; or any amount or kind of loss or damage including without limitation any loss or damage due to viruses that may infect users’ computer equipment, software, data, or other property on account of their access to, use of, or browsing the website or their downloading of any material from the website or any websites linked to the website.

In so far as we are able we exclude all liability for all direct, indirect, punitive or consequential loss or damage which arises out of or in connection with the use of the website.

We do not warrant that paraforum will operate error-free or that paraforum and its server are free of computer viruses and other harmful goods. If someone’s use of paraforum results in the need for servicing or replacing equipment or data, we are not responsible for those costs.


Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless paraforum, its content-managers, health professionals, other employees, affiliates and other partners, from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from users’ violation of this agreement.

Governing law

If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these Terms and Conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction which that Term or Condition is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be taken out and deleted from these Terms and Conditions and the remaining terms and conditions shall valid, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. Disputes arising from or in connection with these Terms and Conditions shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Switzerland.

Changes to the Terms and Conditions

We regularly review our Terms and Conditions to keep them up to date. Therefore, we may update or revise them from time to time. We urge users to review the published Terms and Conditions from time to time for changes made to it.

History of updates/changes to Terms and Conditions:
On December 1st, the original version of Terms and Conditions was added to the site.
For all matters regarding the above mentioned Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, we can be contacted at: info@paraforum.ch