Spinal Cord Injuries Are Among The Most Severe
There are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injuries sustained each year and there are around 280,000 people living with these injuries across the country. Suffering a spinal cord injury can initially be devastating and overwhelming, but medical developments and technology have given a much better outlook to living with spinal cord injuries than ever before.
Medical care and treatment for spinal cord injuries are very expensive, which is why if your injuries were caused by someone else’s fault, you need an attorney who specializes in spinal cord injuries to advocate on your behalf for financial compensation.
Partial Or Complete Spinal Cord Injury: What’s The Difference?
One of the most important distinctions in spinal cord injuries in terms of recovery and severity is whether or not the injury is partial or complete. A complete spinal cord injury generally means losing all function, feeling, and sensation below the point of the complete injury. A partial spinal cord injury means losing some function, feeling, or sensation, but maybe not losing all of it and there may be a chance to make a partial or full recovery over time.
Symptoms Of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are many symptoms of spinal cord injuries and they can present themselves in any combination of ways that vary from injury to injury and person to person. See below for some of the more common symptoms.
- Blood clots
- Circulation problems
- Full or partial paralysis
- Compromised bodily function and control of limbs
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe pain
- Loss of coordination
Neck And Back Injuries Tend To Follow
Even neck and back injuries not involving the spinal cord can be very painful and debilitating. Chronic pain and restricted movement are frequent problems when it comes to neck and back injuries. Other problems include the inability to sit, walk, or stand for long periods of time, consistent aches, shoulder pain, headaches, and shooting pains. These injuries are often difficult because even after intense medical treatment, surgery, or physical therapy, the pain will frequently reoccur, and it feels like you have to start over with treatment and therapy.
Common Causes Of Spinal Cord, Neck, And Back Injuries
The most common causes of the spinal cord, neck, and back injuries include the following:
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Shallow dive and other swimming pool injuries
- Snow skiing accidents
- Falls, especially from heights
- Motorcycle accidents
- Large truck and bus accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Contact sports
- Struck by a falling object
Working With Spinal Cord, Back And Neck Injuries
Sometimes these injuries leave people temporarily unable to work, unable to ever return to work, or able to return to work with limitations. When your ability to work is compromised, you may have income supplement and replacement options including disability benefits, worker’s compensation, and personal injury recovery from the responsible party.
Time Is Of The Essence; Call 323-693-1052 Today
Our knowledgeable spinal cord injury attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm are personal injury law professionals with a focus on spinal cord injuries. Our attorneys will review your claim and discuss your financial recovery options. They will let you and your family focus on your medical needs and recovery while they work towards pretrial settlements and trial preparation on your behalf.