There are times when someone involved in an accident gets a spinal cord injury. The type of injury can result in the need for ongoing medical treatment, paralysis, surgery and more. And, when the spinal cord injury is a result of an accident which is no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the literal and emotional costs associated with the accident and injury.
Spinal cord injuries include damage to ligaments, vertebrae, disks, and/or the spinal cord itself. Sudden blows to your spine such as traumatic car accidents, equipment failure, or even assault, birth injuries or falls, can fracture, crush, compress or otherwise damage your spine. Left unaddressed or mishandled, further damage can be caused.
Examples of Spinal Cord Symptoms
The severity and location of the spinal injury have a direct impact on the intensity of the symptoms. Some spinal cord injuries can cause numbness, tingling or lack of motor function. Other injuries can result in quadriplegia or paraplegia, or paralysis of parts of your body, including organs. Difficulty breathing, painful nerve sensations, spasms, loss of bowel/bladder control and even changes in sexual function are symptoms those with a spinal cord injury could experience.
All these symptoms result in a lower quality of life for the sufferer.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
These are just some examples of spinal cord injuries. A doctor should be seen to determine if you have this type of injury, its location, severity and recovery options are required.
Compression Fracture of the Spine
When the soft bone of the spine is compressed. “A compression fracture is usually defined as a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20% in height due to fracture.” Source: Spine-Health.com
When the material inside the disc begins to push through the spinal column, it is referred to as a bulging disk. It can be incredibly painful, especially when it hits surrounding nerves. With a bulging disk, the pain can radiate to other parts of the body, loss of motor function and/or numbness.
A herniated disc is the advancement of a bulging disk. Rather than the disk material simply pushing through, it fully ruptures. Medical care, potentially including surgery may be needed to restore the disc and/or vertebrae.
If you or someone you love is suffering with a spinal cord injury caused by someone else, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help assess your rights. With over 29 years of experience in Arizona, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation when you call 480-745-2450 or click here. Remember, Experience Matters!!!