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The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that nearly 300,000 Americans are currently living with some type of spinal cord injury (SCI). The numbers suggest that another 17,700 people get diagnosed with an SCI every year. Spinal cord injuries can happen when you least expect them. But when they happen, they can have a dramatic effect on your life. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Boohoff Law can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system. It transmits messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord runs from the brain stem until the L1 vertebrae, which are located just below the rib cage. Beyond L1, spinal nerves extend down the spine. The cord is surrounded by 33 vertebrae that run from the base of the skull to just below the hip, protecting the cord. While the vertebrae offer a great amount of protection, severe injuries can bruise or sever the spinal cord.
Contrary to popular belief, the spinal cord does not need to be severed to cause paralysis. In fact, most injuries happen because of a bruise, contusion, or lack of blood flow. The degree of paralysis will depend on the location and type of injury. If the patient has an incomplete SCI they may retain some level of movement on one side, below the point of injury. If there is a complete SCI, there will be a complete loss of movement and sensation on both sides, from the point of injury and below. While there currently is no cure for a spinal cord injury, knowing what to look out for and recognizing symptoms early can prevent further damage. Common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
If you experience any symptoms of an SCI, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Its also important to recognize the potential signs of a brain injury also because spinal cord injury victims often are involved in accidents that potentially could damage the brain also.
Spinal cord injuries can happen any time there is a strong blow or penetrating wound to the cord. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries for most adults is motor vehicle accidents. For adults over 65, slip and falls are the primary cause of spinal cord injuries. Other causes of spinal cord injuries include:
There is no cure for a spinal cord injury. But that does not mean that there is no treatment available. After a spinal cord injury, your doctor will likely do surgery to relieve pressure on the spine. This will prevent further damage. If the doctor elects not to perform surgery, they may do traction instead. Other treatment options after a spinal cord injury include:
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that a spinal cord injury can cost anywhere from $1.5 million to nearly $5 million during a patient’s lifetime. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover damages related to your injury. Common costs include:
At Boohoff Law, we know that a spinal cord injury can change your life in the blink of an eye. We understand that personal injury cases involving this degree of injury can be an emotional experience. Our North Port spinal cord injury lawyers will treat your case with the compassion and respect it deserves. Our experienced trial lawyers will fight for your rights and work diligently to secure you a fair and reasonable settlement. If you were in a North Port accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you have rights. Contact Boohoff Law at (877) 999-9999 or contact us online to request a free consultation.
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