The human spinal cord works to send nerve signals through the central nervous system to allow us to coordinate movement and reflexes. The central nervous system is an extremely important part of the body that controls much of our movement and mind. The spinal cord is one component of it with the brain being the other. Working together, they are largely responsible for just about all of our bodily functions, thoughts, and behaviors.
However, when damage to the spinal cord occurs, the central nervous system is impaired and can alter our bodies and lives. Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can change a person’s life dramatically. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at UAB (NSCISC), 87.4% of all SCI individuals are discharged from hospitals to a private home where they can further be taken care of in their condition. It is important to know the facts about this injury so that people can take the proper precautions to avoid it and know what to expect in the tragic event that it occurs.
At Agruss Law Firm, LLC, we have helped thousands of clients to seek justice and compensation for personal injuries, and you won’t owe us a penny for our services unless we win your case. If you or a loved one suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact our office today for a free consultation.
SCIs can occur unexpectedly and in the blink of an eye. There are certain accidents that can cause the spinal cord to be the main target of injury, but to varying extents of damage and different types of injuries. Some of the most common causes of SCIs, which should warrant immediate medical attention include the following:
SCIs come in many different forms with several primary symptoms indicating that you have suffered from one. Some of the most common symptoms include extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head or back, tingling or a feeling of numbness in the upper or lower limbs and extremities, impaired breathing, partial or complete loss of control over some or all parts of the body, lumps on the head or spine, incontinence, loss of bladder control, and more. It is essential that you seek medical attention and call 911 immediately following a trauma where you feel any of these symptoms.
These injuries can ultimately result in some type of paralysis. The most common types of SCI paralyses include:
SCIs can be divided into two main types: incomplete and complete. An incomplete SCI are the less serious type and result from compression or damage that interfere with the brain’s ability to send signals via the central nervous system below the injury site. The effects of incomplete injuries have a large range depending on the person and the severity of the injury. A complete SCI is very serious and occurs when the injury does not allow the brain to send signals below the injury site. Depending on how much and which area of the spine is most injured, one could face partial paralysis or complete body paralysis.
The symptoms mentioned above are generally found in most of types of SCIs. Common variations of SCI include:
A SCI can cause lifestyle changes, disability, problems continuing your occupation, and much more. We are here to help you. After an accident that you suspect has injured your spine, see if you can have someone take photos of the accident, your injuries, and keep a copy of the police report if they are called. Once you receive initial medical treatment, we will help you to pursue a claim for your injury. We will look at your medical records and bills, deal with the insurance companies involved, and make sure that you are fairly compensated for this traumatic experience.
There are numerous damages that one can recover after a successful SCI claim. Some damages that you may be awarded include the following:
If you or a loved one has been suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact our office today for a free consultation.
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