Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are increasingly common. Over 17,000 spinal cord injuries cases occur each year, and over 250,000 people in the United States are living with injuries to the spinal cord, most commonly as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Damage to the spinal cord means damage to the body's nervous system, impairing the brain's ability to carry signals to the rest of the body. This can lead to a loss of sensation in parts of the body, loss of motor function below the level of the waist or the neck, and various other long-term medical complications.
A spinal cord injury can completely change your life. The resulting chronic pain and disability can severely impact your ability to function or pursue employment. The cost of the resulting hospital stays and medical bills can be immense. The emotional toll of having to live with permanent motor disabilities and other lifestyle changes cannot be understated either.Statistics on Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the causes of spinal cord injuries have changed drastically between 2015 and 2019. As of the most recent study, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents: 39.3%
- Slips and falls: 31.8%
- Gunshot wounds and other violent injuries: 13.5%
- Sports and other recreational activities: 8.0%
- Medical malpractice: 4.1%
- Other: 3.1%
The average age of people with spinal cord injuries is 43. Of people who have suffered an injury to a spinal cord, 39.5 percent of are considered paraplegic, and 59.9 percent are considered quadriplegic.Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are typically separated into two types - complete and incomplete. These distinctions have little to do with the source of the injury and everything to do with whether or not the spinal cord was fully severed. At first, the symptoms of a complete and incomplete spinal cord injury might be impossible to distinguish. Over time, however, differences will begin to emerge. The extent and severity of an injury to the spinal cord can usually be discerned within six to eight weeks.
Complete spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is completely compressed or severed, completing eliminating the brain's ability to send signals below the point of injury. Common results of complete spinal cord injuries include complete loss of sensation and motion in the areas below the point of injury and difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may also have difficulty breathing.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is compressed or damaged, but the brain's ability to send signals below the point of injury is not completely eliminated. A person who has suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury may retain some feeling and motion in the areas below the point of injury, although it is often far weaker than before. Many people who have suffered incomplete spinal cord injuries report issues with chronic pain.
Fortunately, complete spinal cord injuries are relatively uncommon compared to incomplete injuries, partly because doctors now understand the steps to take to keep an injury to the spinal cord from getting worse and further damage from occurring. Many people who have suffered complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries experience mobility impairments, including paraplegia or quadriplegia.The Don Turner Legal Team can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else's negligence, now is not the time to go it alone. An injury to the spinal cord can result in significant medical expenses, severe physical and emotional pain and suffering, and profound impacts on your quality of life. You need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, someone who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
That’s why you should call the Don Turner Legal Team at (770)-594-1777. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with personal injury cases like yours, and we can help you seek the proper compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.