Your spinal cord controls critical bodily functions, such as movement and mobility. Any damage to the spine can create a devastating, lifelong hardship for the victim and those who depend on your ability to earn a living wage.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by the careless or reckless actions of someone else, please contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC today by calling 770-888-8901 or completing the form on this page to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you will never have to pay us unless we win your case.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord comprises an intricate network of nervous tissue that act as the main neural pathway for signals to and from the brain. It is responsible for sending sensory information to the brain, relaying motor instructions from the brain to the muscles and triggering several involuntary reflexes.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to any part of the spinal cord. The nature of the associated injury depends on the specific location of the injury and is classified according to its severity.
Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or incomplete:
- Complete SCI: an injury in which the victim loses the ability to move voluntarily and has no feeling in the affected areas. This may include every area below the damaged area or one side of the body.
- Incomplete SCI: an injury in which the victim experiences a diminished ability to feel and move, but does not suffer a complete loss of sensation and mobility.
These injuries can also be classified depending on the specific paralysis that accompanies them. Quadriplegia affects all parts of the body below the neck, while paraplegia affects the lower part of the body, including the trunk. These types of injuries require years of therapy and rehabilitation.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are a number of ways that a spinal cord can be injured, but the most common causes include:
Immediate Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Although many spinal cord injuries produce immediate symptoms, there can be a delay between the injury and loss of function. Because of this, it is critically important to seek medical care immediately following an accident in which your spine could have been injured. Injuries to the spine may be treatable with traction if caught before symptoms emerge.
Some symptoms of a spinal cord injury that can indicate an emergency immediately following an accident include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulties walking, standing or balancing
- Pressure in the head, neck or back
- Significant back pain
- Numbness or a loss of sensation in the fingers, hands or toes
Long-Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Even though your spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae of your spinal column, violent force can impact the spinal column and injure your spinal cord. This can damage or sever critical nerves and affect your central nervous system and physical capabilities.
Usually, the most extensive loss of function correlates with how high up the injury occurs on the spinal column. Depending on factors such as injury’s location and the severity of damage, spinal cord injuries may result in:
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Respiratory problems
- Partial or complete loss of limb function
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bed sores
- Muscle spasms
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can change your life forever. Many of these tragic injuries are permanent, requiring a lifetime of expensive medical care and complete loss of income. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone’s negligent actions, you could be entitled to compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term care
If you are suffering the consequences of a spinal cord injury, it is essential to get immediate professional legal advice from an experienced attorney. To begin building your case right away, please call the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC at 770-888-8901. We proudly help injury victims from Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.