Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that the vertebrae of the spine protect. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, keep reading to learn about how we can help you if you’re seeking compensation.
Experiencing a spinal cord injury is a life-altering event as it impacts almost every aspect of your life. From your physical and mental health to your financial and social situations, spinal cord injuries are crippling.
When it comes to spinal cord injuries, they can be separated into two categories:
Complete - A complete spinal cord injury causes total loss or paralysis below the injury.
Incomplete - This spinal cord injury results in partial loss of function below the affected area.
If you suffer from paralysis as a result of a spinal cord injury it may be referred to as tetraplegia also called quadriplegia or paraplegia. Tetraplegia is when your hands, arms, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are all impacted by your injury. While paraplegia impacts all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
While car accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injury, other causes include falls, violence such as gunshot wounds, sports injuries, and surgical complications.
Now that we know what a spinal cord injury is and its potential causes, let’s look at a list of symptoms.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
● Loss of bladder control
● Weakness in arms and legs
● Severe pain or pressure in the head, neck, and/or back
● Numbness or tingling
● Difficulty breathing
● Unnatural positioning of the head, neck, or back
Symptoms can start showing immediately. If you’ve experienced significant trauma, it’s crucial you seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to run tests and scans like a CT scan, MRI, or an X-ray to gauge the severity of your injury.
If your spinal cord injury occurred from something that wasn’t your fault, such as a car accident, you’re entitled to compensation. During recovery, you have plenty of time to think about all the ways in which your injury has negatively impacted your life. While the mental and physical pain may be lifelong, relieving your financial burden can help you begin to get your life back on track.
To start the process of receiving compensation, the first step is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will provide you with legal services and help you secure compensation for the losses you’ve incurred.
It will take time to recover from a spinal cord injury. Allow yourself the space to heal with assistance from an attorney.