Spinal Cord Injury
What does the spinal cord do?
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs inside the bones of your spine. It extends from the base of your brain downward through the spinal column. Your brain and spinal cord compose your central nervous system. The spinal cord plays a key role in the brain communicating with the body through nerves.
Spinal cord injuries are usually caused directly by trauma to the spine. Severe forces such as falling, whiplash from a car wreck, or being hit my a large moving object are typical types of accidents that can cause spinal injuries. These types of forces can fracture, dislocate, or rupture the ligaments that connect spinal tissues.
What type of spinal cord injuries are there?
Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by trauma to the spine. Severe forces such as falling, whiplash from a car wreck, or being hit my a large moving object are typical types of accidents that can cause spinal injuries. These forces can fracture, dislocate, or rupture the ligaments that connect spinal tissues. Sometimes the cord will be partially torn or severed. Additionally, fluid trapped in the tissues or blood clots can press on the cord. This can cause problems with movement, like paralysis or weakness of the muscles. It can also cause abnormal sensations like tingling, pain, or burning.
If the only the ligaments of the spine or the vertebrae are injured, symptoms will likely be severe pain and swelling around the site of injury. If the spinal cord is injured, you will experience symptoms from the site of the injury on downwards. These symptoms can be weakness of muscles, numbness or tingling, and sometimes complete loss of feeling or ability to move. Organ function below the site of injury may also be impacted. Changes in sexual function, breathing, or other organ systems may be adversely affected.
- paraplegia – paralysis or weakness of the legs and sometimes part of the trunk.
- quadriplegia – paralysis or weakness of all four limbs and the trunk.
When to Seek Medical Attention?
The signs of major spinal injury are not always obvious, but always require immediate medical attention. If you have had a major blow to the head or spine, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not feel as though something major is wrong. The possibility of spinal injury can have irreversible medical repercussions.
What happens after a spinal cord injury?After you have sustained a spinal cord injury, especially with paralysis, your body chan change quite drastically. You will require some degree of rehabilitation and incur medical expenses. There may be loss of ability to move your muscles, loss of feeling in your extremities., fatigue, and muscle weakness. Your ability to do your day to day activities will be affected.
Lake Charles Attorneys Representing Spinal Cord Injury Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person, business or entity, it may be in your best interests to consult with an attorney with experience handling these types of claims. The degree of rehabilitation and long-term care typically associated with spinal cord injuries makes it even more important that victims have a full understanding of their legal rights before pursuing a claim.
Get the legal aid that you need and deserve. Call attorney Clay Burgess at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to schedule a free legal consultation. The call is free, and the advice may be priceless. Call our Lake Charles office at 337-234-7573 for a complimentary consultation. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee until our attorneys recover fair compensation for you and your family.