Back and spinal cord injuries can overwhelm victims with severe and chronic pain, numbness, tingling, paralysis, or even death. If you or someone you love is suffering from such injuries, contact a Fort Myers personal injury attorney at the Spivey Law Firm for help as soon as possible after the accident.
The spine is one of the most critical organs in the human body. A spinal cord injury may cause long-term physical and mental trauma and may require substantial long-term medical care. A large number of all spinal cord injuries that occur in the U.S. each year are the result of car accidents, but such injuries may also be the result of slips and falls, workplace, and construction accidents, dangerous property, defective products, or swimming accidents. In these instances, negligence is commonly the culprit, and any negligent party may be required to compensate victims for their financial losses and physical suffering.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can happen in many different ways and may have a serious impact on the victim’s everyday life. They can affect different areas of the spine, depending on where the injury occurs. Generally speaking, the higher up on the spine the injury occurs, the more substantial the impact is likely to be. Some common types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries. These injuries affect the upper/middle portion of the spine. In this area of the spine, the nerves primarily control stability, balance, and posture.
- Sacral Spinal Cord Injuries. Such injuries affect the section of the spine that is located between the tailbone and the lumbar. Injuries to this area of the spine typically do not impair the ability to walk but may impair the ability to control bowel and bladder functions.
- Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries. These injuries affect the area of the spine toward the top of the spinal cord, close to the head and neck. Such injuries commonly result in numbness, tingling, chronic pain, and even paralysis.
- Lumbar Spinal Cord Injuries. Such injuries affect the lowest portion of the spine. Injuries to this area can affect the hips and legs.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
The symptoms of spinal cord injuries commonly vary from injury to injury, but there are generally predictable signs of potential spinal cord injuries:
- Inability to move all or part of the body (complete or partial paralysis)
- Loss of control or feeling in all or some of the limbs (complete or partial paralysis)
- Loss of or altered sensation
- Moderate to severe pain
- Moderate to severe weakness
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty breathing
Contact a Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney if You’ve Suffered a Back or Spinal Cord Injury
If you are dealing with the devastating effects of a back or spinal cord injury, seek immediate medical care first and then contact Attorney Randall Spivey at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. online or by phone at 888-477-4839. We understand the law concerning negligence-caused injuries and will treat your claims with compassion and efficiency so that you are free to focus on your recovery.
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There are many questions a vehicle accident victim may have after a crash involving neck and back injuries, some of which are how will I pay for my medical expenses, and how will I support my family if I cannot go back to work?