Would you be surprised to learn that there are more than 8,000 new spinal cord injuries reported across the country year? That doesn’t include the 450,000+ who are living with a previous spinal cord injury. More than 80% of people with an injury to their spinal cord are 16 – 30 years. Common causes of spinal cord injuries include car accidents, falls, sport injuries, and gunshot wounds.
Why are spinal cord injuries so serious?
Many people don’t realize how serious spinal cord injuries can be because they don’t fully understand what a spinal cord is. Put simply, it’s a network that controls movements throughout your body and transmits sensations throughout. If it’s damaged, there can be significant losses in mobility and sensation. In some cases, it can be deadly.
The long term consequences of a spinal cord injury
About half of the spinal cord injuries that happen on a yearly basis happen in car accidents. If the injury is right at the neck level, then it can lead to issues with breathing as well as paralyzing of the legs, arms, and / or core. If the spinal cord is injured further down, then the results can be loss of movement or weakness in the legs. In the event that the spinal cord is completely severed, there is no repair option. When it’s simply injured but not severed then recovery can be possible – it just depends on how serious the injury was.
Symptoms of spinal cord injuries
Some symptoms of spinal cord injuries are obvious: paralysis, loss of control of the bladder or bowel, and significant pain. However, some symptoms aren’t quite as obvious. They could include poor coordination, weak feelings in your extremities, and tingling. The spinal cord can be injured by any trauma that affects your spinal cord, and it can also be injured as the result of a variety of medical conditions as well as tumors and blood clots.
Do you need a spinal cord attorney?
If you or a loved one has suffered from a spinal cord injury them you may need a spinal cord attorney. Contact Gilbert & Smallman for your free case evaluation. We can go over what happened, what evidence you have, and what your options are. We know this is a difficult time and we look forward to being the aggressive yet compassionate attorneys you need.