The victims a spinal cord injury can be permanently affected with physical inabilities and emotional scarring. Loved ones of the victim can 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 controls the movement of 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, sometimes being of a fatal manner. Being aware of the situations that can cause a spinal cord injury is necessary to timely obtain proper medical attention to address the possible injuries.

The spinal cord injury attorneys at Chalaki Law are experienced and understand the heartbreak and financially responsibility from the effects of a spinal cord injury. The financial obligations of giving the spinal cord injured victim the proper treatment that it demands are extensive and are well-deserving of compensation. Contact Chalaki Law 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

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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
  • Lethargy
  • Poor coordination or motor control
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in areas of the body
  • Pain
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Spasms

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In particular cases, permanent damage can be the consequence of trauma to the spinal cord. Often, 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 the patient. In particular cases, complete paralysis, respiratory disease, and issues with the gastrointestinal system may result from a spinal cord injury.