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Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury refers to any injury to the spine that is caused by trauma as opposed to disease. About 11,000 people in the United States suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury each year.
The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain, down the middle of the back, ending just above the waist. It consists of a bundle of nerves that send information back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is protected by thirty-three ring-shaped bones, or vertebrae, making up the spinal column. A sudden, traumatic blow to the spinal column can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae, damaging the spinal cord. Unfortunately, the nerves in the spinal cord do not regenerate once they have been injured.
Spinal cord injuries have the potential to cause loss of both sensation and movement below the site of injury in persons who experience them. People may experience a spinal cord injury through trauma to the spine; for example in either a fall, or through a car accident. People may experience a spinal cord injury, which is either incomplete, or complete. In persons who have experienced an incomplete spinal cord injury, they may have some level of both feeling and movement remaining below the site of their injury.
Terms such as “Paraplegia” and “Quadriplegia” are used to describe medical conditions associated with persons who have experienced a spinal cord injury. The terms are used in classifications based on the level and severity of the injury the person has sustained and the affect on their limbs. Persons with spinal cord injury often find a need to change aspects of both the home and work environments in order to accommodate their disability; however, they continue to live fulfilling productive lives.
Those that sustain spinal cord injury suffer physically and emotionally. Medical and care related expenses can be astronomical and the affect on the family and loved ones profound. If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury because of the recklessness or carelessness of someone else, you need to contact one of our attorneys immediately. It would be extremely unfair and overwhelming to try to deal with this situation without experienced legal counsel. We will help you obtain maximum monetary compensation so that you can obtain the best possible medical attention and live more comfortably.