Spinal Cord Injury
Victims of spinal cord injuries can be permanently affected by physical disabilities and emotional scarring. Loved ones of the victim can also carry a heavy burden of being physically and financially responsible for the person coping with the injuries.
The spinal cord is the network of nerves that run through the backbone that control the movement of the extremities and transmits sensation throughout the body. Damage to this set of nerves can impair the mobility or feeling sensation in an area below the injured point. Spinal injuries also sometimes fatal. Being aware of the situations that can cause a spinal cord injury is critical to obtaining proper medical attention promptly to address potential injuries.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at Chalaki Law, P.C. are experienced in handling spinal cord injury cases and understand the heartbreak and the stress of financial responsibility from the effects of a spinal cord injury. The financial obligations of giving the spinal cord injury victim the proper treatment they need are extensive and are well-deserving of compensation. Contact Chalaki Law, P.C. to seek the representation you or your loved one deserves.
The following are common causes of spinal cord injuries:
- Slip and Fall
- Gunshot / Knife Wounds
- Car Accident
- Work Accident
- Recreational Accident
- Industrial Accident
- Accidents in the Home
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Construction Accident
Read more: Car Accident Guide
Symptoms and Long-term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury, if untreated, can decay in a rapid manner and result in severe and sometimes indefinite injuries. Being educated on the symptoms of spinal cord injuries, in order to obtain the early and proper attention these injuries demand is vital to the health of the victim. The following are symptoms that may demand immediate attention to determine if a spinal cord injury is present:
- Bodily weakness
- Poor coordination or motor control
- Numbness or tingling sensation in areas of the body
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
In some cases, permanent damage can be the consequence of trauma to the spinal cord. In many cases, victims endure partial or full paralysis; which leads to paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia occurs when trauma affects the lower vertebrae of the spinal column, resulting in the paralysis of the lower limbs. Quadriplegia is the paralysis of all four limbs, which may be the effect of trauma to the upper vertebrae of the spinal column.
The assessment and diagnosis of such symptoms to determine if a spinal cord injury is present may require CT scans, MRI, hospitalization, and surgery. Long-term treatment may need a dedicated schedule of rehabilitation therapy; possibly entailing occupational therapy, psychological therapy, or physician’s careful monitoring of the patient. In particular cases, complete paralysis, respiratory disease, and issues with the gastrointestinal system may result from a spinal cord injury.