Spinal Cord Injuries may be caused by auto accidents, acts of violence, falls, sports injuries, or other causes. Pain and suffering may be lifelong and constant. Permanent disability may ensue. The spinal cord is a communicator between the brain and the rest of the body. It consists of nerves and bones that extend downward from the base of the brain. The nerves, which are called vertebrae, filter through small openings between each bone. These vertebrae provide what protection there is in the body for this vital communications system. Injury or bleeding may cause sudden compression of the spinal cord with following nerve damage and may even cause an unnatural curving of the spine called dowager’s hump.
Nerves are grouped into related types. Toward the front of the body there are motor nerves, which transmit information to muscles. Toward the back and sides, there are sensory nerves that transmit information such as touch, position, pain, heat, and cold. This is an extremely efficient system for the body, but when an accident occurs to damage the spinal cord, this damage can deliver life threatening and life altering blows to a victim.
Body functions can be totally or partially destroyed in any part of the body below the level of the injury and cause severe and constant pain above the level of injury. For example, damage to the thoracic (chest) area of the spine may cause leg weakness and may affect bladder and bowel function. There are complications from weakness and paralysis while the spinal cord is healing or being treated.
|Types of Spinal Cord Injury||Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries|
ArachnoiditisFractured DiscsHerniated (Slipped) DiscsSpinal Cord TumorsSpinal Muscular AtrophySyringomyeliaTransverse Myelitis
AgingAutonomic DysreflexiaBedsoresBladderBowelDepressionNutritionRelationship Issues
Costs involved in any injury include medical care and loss of income. Spinal cord injuries particularly call for expert nursing care, special beds to minimize pressure on the skin (such as a Stryker frame), specialized neurological medical tests, neurosurgeon attendance, and psychological counseling. Family members and close friends also benefit from this counseling.
If you have a spinal cord injury due to an accident, you may be entitled to compensation and monetary damages. It is usually wise to hire your own attorney to ensure that your interests are protected. Initial consultations are often free. Legal advice can save you time, trouble and money and can allow you to be compensated for your misfortune.
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