The spine and its nerves are responsible for controlling movement, organ functions, sensations, and more. Unfortunately, injuries to the spine may impose severe limits on an individual’s movement and coordination, and the effects of some may be long-term or permanent. According to Mayo Clinic, the most common types of accidents which lead to spinal cord injuries are traffic accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sports injuries; if you’ve been in such an accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses and should contact an experienced personal attorney as soon as possible.
Some spinal cord injuries may result in paralysis – either temporary or permanent, depending on their severity. Accident-victims who suffer from temporary paralysis below the points-of-injury on their spines often require hospitalization to relieve pressure and swelling of the spinal cord, and some may undergo surgical procedures to reduce pressure (and associated pain) and/or improve neurological function. Fortunately, most patients regain movement and some flexibility within three weeks of the accident as the pressure and swelling subside, and a more stable ability of movement can be expected after one year.
Severe spinal cord injuries may result in permanent paralysis, which is known as “paraplegia” in the lower extremities of the body; common complications of paraplegia include pneumonia, pressure sores, and formation of blood clots (thrombosis). However, both the general prognosis and overall life expectancy for paraplegics have improved significantly over time as technological innovations continue improve their mobility and contribute to their independence.
“Quadriplegia” occurs when a victim of a spinal cord injury permanently loses all movement and sensory function in all four limbs and the torso, which may also result in impairment or complete loss of control of breathing, digestion, and the bladder/bowels. Generally, the life expectancy for quadriplegics is lower than that of paraplegics due to the former’s variety of medical complications, such as cardiovascular disorders, osteoporosis, pressure sores, respiratory infections, thrombosis, and spasticity.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury and/or paralysis in an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.