Spinal Cord Injuries
UNDERSTANDING SPINAL CORD INJURY AND LITIGATION
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is defined simply as damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of function, such as mobility or feeling. If you or someone you love have suffered from SCI as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, it’s important to contact an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
The spinal cord is a major bundle of nerves that stretches about 18 inches from the base of the brain, down the middle of the back, to the waist. The spinal cord is very delicate, but is protected by the vertebra, also called spinal column. It’s responsible for sending messages from the brain to the rest of the body and from the body back to the brain again. If the spinal cord is injured, either partially or completely, the person will lose some type of mobility or feeling in certain areas of the body, depending on what section of the spinal cord has been injured.
The spinal cord can be injured by laceration (cut), being pulled, pressed sideways or compressed. Direct injury such as cuts caused by bone fragments or fragments of metal can result in spinal cord injury. Damage to the spinal cord can also occur if there is bleeding, fluid accumulation or swelling within the spinal canal. This can build up too much pressure on the spinal cord, and cause injury.
Spinal Cord Compensation
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Effects of Spinal Cord Injury
Depending on what section of the spinal cord has been injured, the effects can vary from minimal and fully reversible to life-long disability. Spinal cord injuries can result in some of the following:
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of feeling
- Increased pain
- Unable to care for self
Physical restrictions of a spinal cord injury are just the beginning of the recovery process. There are usually enormous costs involved with care and rehabilitation. The average first year expenses for a patient with spinal cord injury can range from $150,000 to over $400,000, and life time expenses can easily reach over $1 million. In addition to this burden, over 60% of patients with spinal cord injury do not return to work.
If someone else is responsible for your spinal cord injury, it is important that you have the best, most aggressive attorneys fighting to get you the compensation you need. This type of injury could affect you the rest of your life, and it is important to approach the matter with knowledge and skill.
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