Spinal cord injuries can be the result of a direct trauma, and are often caused by serious motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall incidents. Other situations such as sports injuries, industrial accidents, and assaults may involve spinal injuries. Damage may involve the actual nerves, or may involve indirect damage to the bones. Spinal cord trauma can be the most debilitating type of injury a person can suffer. Medical care and then the ongoing rehabilitation costs, plus ongoing personal care can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Damage can run the gamut from the bones, or ligaments and may include the nerves of the spinal column. This may include permanent damage to the spinal cord. The nerve which extends from the base of the brain the lower back is commonly known as the spinal cord. A spinal injury can result in the inability to move or control certain parts of the body. The location of the injury location and severity of the damage will determine the future recovery that will be possible.
Spinal cord injuries must be considered whenever an injury to the head, face, neck, or back has occurred. The accident victim must be immediately immobilized by professionals who are properly trained. Being moved moved correctly, with the proper head and neck support is critical in avoiding permanent paralysis.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a traumatic injury which may involve a spinal cord injury, you need to be aware of the following possible signs that there may be a serious spinal injury. Symptoms may include:
- *Severe back pain
- *Neck discomfort
- *Paralysis – the inability to move is not necessarily caused by a direct injury *Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the extremities
- *Sudden loss of bowel or bladder control
There are two kinds of spinal cord injury — complete and incomplete. A complete injury involves a complete loss of all ability to feel or function below the injury site. In an incomplete injury, there may be some loss of functioning below the level of the injury.
Even with the best of treatment, many spinal cord injuries result in some level of an permanent impairment. Often, those patients who suffer complete injuries recover very little of their abilities and functions which they had before the accident. People who have sustained incomplete injuries have a greater chance of recovery. A diagnosis which was initially one of a complete injury can later be downgraded to incomplete injuries.
Recovery can be bleak, generally showing the most improvement within
the first six months. Most patients do not show any substantial recovery after a period of nine months after the accident which caused the initial injury.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident which resulted in a spinal cord injury, it is important to have the right personal injury attorney at your side. You are going to be in for the long haul, and will need an experienced spinal injury lawyer to help you in your accident lawsuit. Medical care most likely will be ongoing and quite expensive. You need the biggest settlement possible to care for your loved one.