An injury to the spinal cord – the bundle of nerves running from the brain through the vertebrae of the spine – is a painful and potentially debilitating condition. It can be caused by illness or a genetic condition, but is frequently the result of accidental trauma to the spine. About 250,000 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord injury, and more than 50% of spinal cord injury victims with lasting disability are paraplegic, meaning they suffer from loss of sensation and/or functioning from the waist down. It can be very difficult to adjust to such a change in your life, especially when your injuries were someone else’s fault.
The most common causes of all spinal cord injuries, including those resulting in paraplegia, include:
- Car accidents
- Slip or trip and falls
- Sports injuries
Potential Outcome of Spinal Cord Injuries
The effects of a spinal cord injury can depend on many factors, primarily its location and severity. In most cases, people are only affected below the site of the injury. Therefore, the higher the injury is located on the spinal cord, the more symptoms the patient may suffer, as a general rule.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers care committed to assisting victims of any spinal damage symptoms, including:
- Partial Paralysis (Paraplegia)
- Total Paralysis (Quadriplegia)
Sensation and function in the limbs are not the only bodily systems that can be affected by spinal cord damage. Heart rate, temperature regulation, and bowel control can also be impaired, among other health concerns. Many people living with spinal cord injuries must undergo demanding and expensive physical therapy to remain healthy.