If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you understand how traumatic it can be. If someone else’s negligence caused the injury, you may be entitled to compensation. You should call a spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible.
When there is damage to the bundle of cells and nerves that transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body, it is considered a spinal cord injury (SCI). This can happen when the spinal cord is directly damaged. But, it also occurs when there is bone or tissue damage to the vertebrae and surrounding areas.
The vertebrae are the column of bones that surround the spine. It is considered an SCI when damage to the column of nerves and tissue or the vertebrae interferes with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Many spinal cord injuries happen suddenly, sometimes through a traumatic jolt to the spine. When bones are broken, they tend to damage the spinal cords and the nerves that surround them. Rarely, an injury may sever the spinal column completely.
When an SCI occurs, the body’s functions may be affected in several ways. The prognosis varies depending on where along the spinal cord the injury took place. Spinal cord injuries are divided into two types.
A complete injury causes paralysis from where the injury occurred and below. The paralysis, or loss of function, will impact both sides of the body. Complete spinal cord injuries leave the injured party paralyzed, this could be complete paralysis of all four limbs, quadriplegia, or it could affect the lower half of the body, including the legs. The loss of use of the legs and lower part of the body is called paraplegia.
If a complete spinal injury has occurred, there will be no feeling or function below the injury. The brain can no longer communicate with the body because the link between the nervous system and the brain has been completely disconnected.
Incomplete SCIs do not entirely sever the spinal cord. Since it is partially severed, the brain can still send some signals down the spinal cord to parts of the body. Since some communication can pass through the level of the injury, survivors can still feel and retain some function below the injury site.
Sometimes, after suffering an SPI, one side of the body maintains function while the other loses it. There are various degrees of remaining function, and it will depend upon the injury and its placement.
When the nervous system ceases to communicate because some or all of its connections are severed, numerous bodily functions can be impacted. Some common effects of an SCI are listed below:
A spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party may entitle you to restitution. Some of the damages your spinal cord injury attorney may suggest that you seek are as follows:
This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully, it gives you an idea of what you may be due after sustaining a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of others.
You may be entitled to financial compensation if you have experienced a spinal cord injury and someone else is at fault. Contact Connolly Brennan Ralabate today. We will examine your case, determine the liable party and hold them responsible. Our goal is for you to claim the maximum settlement possible for your spinal cord injury.