A spinal cord injury is the most common auto accident injury. These injuries are severe and lifelong. There are bundles of nerves that run from the base of the brain through the entire spine. Injuries to these nerves can result in loss of movement and/or sensation. In extreme cases of spinal cord injury the victim could suffer from paraplegia, quadriplegia, or loss of life. If your spinal cord injury is the result of another’s negligence you could receive compensation for your injury.
The extent of bodily function and mobility loss associated with spinal cord injuries depends primarily on where along your spinal cord the damage occurs. Your spinal cord is encased in protective vertebrae, which make up the spinal column. Your spinal column, in turn, is categorized by corresponding levels of vertebrae:
- Cervical, or neck
- Thoracic, or middle
- Lumbar, or back
- Sacral, or tailbone
The higher up the spinal column the point of injury, the greater the likelihood that the spinal cord injury will result in a more expansive loss of function. Damage to the lumbar and sacral regions of the spinal cord, for example, may cause diminished leg muscle function or loss of bladder control; injury to the thoracic region of the spinal cord, on the other hand, may result in loss of manual dexterity or paraplegia.
Damage to the cervical area of the spinal cord is especially severe and may result in loss of respiratory function, loss of arm and hand function, quadriplegia or paralysis.
In addition to the possibility of paralysis, victims of a spinal cord injury face other health problems including chronic pain, and increased possibility of respiratory disease. The life span of spinal cord injury victims is also significantly shorter than that of healthy individuals.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact us at 416-306-3817 today for a free case consultation.