Damage to the spinal cord can result in the loss of mobility or feeling in other parts of the body. Catastrophic spinal cord injury victims must deal with the burdens of not only mobility impairment but also many other conditions. Their life-altering disability prevents them from working and enjoying their daily routine.
Spinal cord injury victims will need long-term medical care as well as emotional and financial support from their families. It’s important for the victims of spinal cord injuries to get properly compensated so they can ease the financial burden of medical and living expenses and can focus on what is most important: their recovery. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, you are encouraged to speak with a Fresno spinal cord injury attorney immediately.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are divided into the following two categories:
Complete spinal cord Injury – A spinal cord injury is considered complete if all feeling and ability to control movement (your motor function), are lost below the spinal cord injury site. The body is affected equally on both sides.
Incomplete spinal cord injury – Incomplete spinal cord injuries leave partial motor or sensory function below the injury site. Individuals with incomplete injuries may be able to move one limb more than another, they might be able to feel certain parts of the body, which they cannot move, or they may have more function on one side of the body than the other.
The level of the injury to the spinal cord is helpful in predicting what body parts may be affected by paralysis and or loss of function. Paraplegia is paralysis that affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Tetraplegia/quadriplegia is paralysis of the arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic spinal cord injuries occur when a sudden traumatic blow to the spine fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compress one or more of the vertebrae. Spinal cord injuries can also result from violence such as a gunshot or knife wound that penetrates and cuts into the spinal cord. After the initial injury, additional damage will usually occur over the next few days or weeks, mainly because of bleeding. Common spinal cord injury accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Physical violence
- Sports and exercise accidents
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Anyone who has experienced trauma to the head or neck should seek immediate medical attention for the possibility of a spinal cord injury. It’s safest to assume that accident victims have a spinal cord injury until it’s proved otherwise. Spinal cord injuries aren’t always immediately obvious and if not recognized and left untreated, a more severe injury may occur. Signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury after an accident may include:
- Severe back pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
- Weakness, loss of coordination, or paralysis in any part of the body
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the hands, fingers, and feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Impaired breathing after the injury
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, the time between injury and treatment is critical in determining the extent of the severity, complications, and expected recovery. If you have been involved in an accident seek immediate medical care.
Fresno Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Once you have been obtained medical care and your condition is stable, contact a Fresno spinal cord injury lawyer. The Grossman Law Offices are seasoned attorneys with many years of experience aggressively and effectively recovering adequate compensation for personal injury victims. From the moment that we are hired, we begin to prepare your case. We handle all communication with third parties and insurance companies and bring forward a personal injury against the party responsible for your injury. Our qualified lawyers will seek immediate compensation for loss of income and medical bills (if applicable to your case), so you and your family are able to focus on your recovery. Call the Grossman Law Offices today to discuss the damages you’re entitled to recover.