The spinal cord runs from the lower back to the top of the neck and is essential for most physical movements. Back and spinal cord injuries often go together, and spinal nerve damage often causes paralysis and severely impacts day-to-day function. These types of injuries are common results of road accidents or bad falls.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, it can have a major impact, changing the way you live your day-to-day life forever.
Rehabilitation, home care, and loss of income after a spinal cord injury can be financially devastating when you are already dealing with all of the complexities and difficulties of the injury itself. Our lawyers can help determine whether you are owed financial compensation and make sure you get what you are entitled to.
Common Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Paraplegia is the most common type of spinal cord injury. It is caused by damaging the sacral, lumbar, or thoracic nerves, resulting in a loss of sensation and control in the lower half of the body. People with paraplegia still have full use of their upper body, including arms and hands.
Quadriplegia is caused by damage to the cervical spine, resulting in the paralysis of all four limbs or the entire body below the neck. Those with quadriplegia have no or very little control over their body from the neck down.
In addition to paralysis, quadriplegia can also lead to other serious health issues including:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hyperthermia and hypothermia
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as the direct result of another person’s negligence, let our experienced personal injury lawyers help you get the compensation you are entitled to.