Phoenix Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis are common injuries sustained from car, truck and motorcycle accidents. A spinal cord injury is a damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal.
Injuries to the spinal cord often cause permanent changes to the strength and sensations below the site of the injury. The closer the spinal cord injury is to the brain, the more the body is affected.
An individual's ability to control their limbs after a spinal cord injury depends on where the injury takes place on the spinal cord and the severity of the injury.
If you or a loved one have a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person, a member of our Phoenix spinal cord injury lawyer division can help you.
The severity of spinal cord injury can be complete or incomplete.
- Complete injury: The person has no feeling or movement below the spinal cord injury.
- Incomplete injury: The person still has some feeling or movement below the injury site. There are different degrees of incomplete injuries.
- Paralysis can be broken down to two categories:
- Paraplegia: Parts or all of the torso, legs and pelvic organs are affected by the spinal cord injury.
- Quadriplegia: The arms, hands, torso, legs and pelvic organs are affected by the injury.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the Mayo Clinic, 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. If you have been involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident and suspect that someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, it's important to recognize the symptoms.
Delaying medical evaluation of the spinal cord can cause further damage.
Symptoms of spinal cord injury after an accident includes:
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of the body
- Extreme back pain or pressure in the head, back or neck
- Numbness or tingling in the hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Difficulty breathing
- A twisted neck or back
- Difficulty walking
A severe spinal injury is not always noticeable. Numbness and paralysis can be gradual as bleeding or swelling happens in or around the spinal cord injury.
If you believe that someone has a back or neck injury:
- Call 911
- Do not move the injured person.
- Keep the person still.
- lace towels on both sides of the injured person's neck, so the person can not move their neck.
- If necessary, provide basic first aid, keeping in mind to avoid moving the person's neck.
Diagnosis of Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
An individual with a perceived spinal cord injury will be taken to the emergency room. It is there that a physician will carefully evaluate the patient. The physician may test the function and movement of the injured person.
Doctors will often have X-rays, CT scans or an MRI taken of the patient before giving their diagnosis. A few days after the injury, when the swelling goes down, the doctor will examine the patient to determine the extent of the injury.
Sadly, there is no cure for a spinal cord injury. There are currently medications on the market that control pain and muscle spasticity.
Phoenix Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been paralyzed or sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Phoenix spinal cord injury lawyers at Phillips Law Group have represented numerous Arizona motor vehicle accident victims. The law firm has the experience and resources to handle spinal cord injury claims.