The attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S. have represented accident victims suffering from serious spinal cord injuries since 1994. We seek fair and just financial compensation for those who have suffered injuries caused by the negligence of others.
Spinal cord injuries that occur higher on the spinal cord are typically more serious and result in a greater loss of bodily function. Spinal cord injuries occuring at the neck level can potentially affect the person's ability to breathe, while also causing paralysis in the legs, arms, and torso. Injury to the lower part of the spine is more likely to affect the lower body and legs. A severed spinal cord will typically result in full quadriplegia and is an irreparable injury.
Other types of back and neck injuries can sometimes leave vitctims paralyzed, while others may suffer from radiating or shooting pain in the arms or legs, experience weakness or tingling in extremities, or lose control of limbs or bladder and bowel functions. These types of injuries can completely change the life of the victim.
Automobile accidents are estimated to be the cause of 42.1 percent of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year. More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. While some victims will experience a full recovery, others will be completely and permanently paralyzed. Car accidents are also frequently the cause of other serious back injuries such as a herniated disc, cervical facet join injury, and severe whiplash injury, among others.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that moves nerve impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal cord injury usually starts with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae.
The impact causes the vertebrae to fracture or compress, which in turn crushes the extensive nerve cells that carry signals along the spinal cord between the brain and the body. The specific effect of a spinal cord injury depends on the location and severity of the injury. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a small number of axons or almost all of them.
Spinal cord injuries can be "complete" or "incomplete". Complete injuries lack sensory and motor function below the level of the injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries retain some sensory motor function below the injury site. Many brain and spinal cord injuries are irreversible. Neck injuries, back injuries, and spinal cord injuries can vary in severity and have a range of short and long-term complications.
Long-Term Injuries Including Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
In addition to draining the victim both physically and emotionally, spinal cord injuries can also drain a family's finances because medical care for spinal cord injuries is costly and long-term.
Many people who live with spinal cord injury have secondary complications including pain, respiratory and heart problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity, and scoliosis.
Paraplegia is an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities. It is typically the result of spinal cord injury. The area of the spinal canal which is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions. If both arms are also affected by paralysis, quadriplegia is the proper terminology.
Our Attorneys Represent Spinal Cord Injury Victims
It may be in your best interests to consult with an attorney with experience handling these types of claims if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of another person, business or entity.
The degree of rehabilitation and long-term care typically associated with spinal cord injuries makes it even more important that victims have a full understanding of their legal rights before pursuing a claim.