An Overview of Spinal Cord Injuries
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 17, 2018 in Personal Injury
Spinal cord injuries occur in many different types of accidents which may result in devasting and debilitating injuries. Victims may lose the ability to take care of themselves, perform daily tasks, be able to work, or simply enjoy a sense of normalcy.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim. Our Phoenix spinal cord injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation and learn about the legal options available to you.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is any injury or trauma that occurs along the spinal cord, causing damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the spinal canal’s end. When the spinal cord is pinched, severed or otherwise damaged, full or partial loss of motor control and/or sensation can occur below the point where the injury occurred.
Spinal cord injuries range in severity and have a broad range of effects depending on the location of the injury. In some cases, victims suffer permanent damage. If it is severe enough, the victim could die.
However, in some cases, victims are able to recover from their injuries over a long period of treatment. Surgery, physical therapy and other treatments may be used to help those with spinal cord injuries heal and regain some function.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result from many different causes. Spinal cord injuries are often the result of an accident. However, the majority of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are the result of trauma.
Our law firm assists victims who have suffered spinal cord injuries caused by the following:
- Auto accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
Spinal cord injuries may also be caused by health conditions. In this case, an injury is classified as non-traumatic. Non-traumatic causes of spinal cord injuries can include:
- Disc degeneration
Spinal Cord Injury Complications
There are two main types of spinal cord injuries based on severity:
- Complete spinal cord injuries cause a person to lose all feeling and control of movement below the location of the injury.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries leave some motor and sensory function below the location of the injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries can vary in the amount a victim is affected.
Spinal cord injuries can cause complications such as:
- Loss of range of motion
- Complete loss or limited sensation to heat, cold and touch
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Exaggerated reflexes and spasms
- Pain or a severe stinging sensation caused by nerve damage
- Trouble breathing, coughing or clearing lung secretions
- Impacted sexual function, sensitivity and fertility
Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing, impacting your ability to work and perform the activities you regularly enjoy. Complications from your injury can make it so you are unable to continue full-time employment or work at all.
The inability to work due to a spinal cord injury can be devastating if you are the primary financial provider for your family. The complications from a spinal cord injury can affect victims not only physically, but emotionally, mentally and financially, and the effects extend to family members and loved ones who are impacted by the victim’s injury.
Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact a qualified Phoenix personal injury lawyer for help. We will review your claim and determine all available legal options. Our firm has helped represent numerous personal injury claims and will pursue the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
Request a free, no obligation consultation today. There are no upfront fees or costs involved. You only pay us if we successfully recover favorable compensation for your personal injury lawsuit.