What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is the result of a sudden blow or cut to the spine causing damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or discs of the spinal column or the spinal cord. Unfortunately, sustaining a spinal cord injury isn’t reversible, and in the most severe cases, someone can have life-long complications as a result. Here’s what you need to know.
Top Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the latest statistics reported by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 31% of spinal cord injuries between 2005 and 2011 resulted from motor vehicle accidents - making it the top cause of spinal cord injuries. Other causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Falls from heights
- Acts of violence (gunshot wounds or knife wounds)
- High impact sports and recreation injuries (football, ice hockey, diving, etc. )
- Alcohol use (impaired judgment can lead to a severe accident)
- Diseases (cancer, arthritis, spinal cord inflammation)
The Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
Someone with a spinal cord injury may have the following long-term complications:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation, such as the ability to feel cold, heat, or touch.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of sexual function or reproductive changes such as infertility
- Pain or intense stinging sensations caused my ner fiber damage in the spinal cord
- Breathing problems
What to do After a Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury
Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a life-altering experience. Not knowing where to turn for help after such a traumatic experience can add more stress and uncertainties. We are here to help you get through a challenging time.
Serious injuries need strong attorneys. Our attorneys have the skills and experience needed to protect your best interests. We’ll stop at nothing when it comes to advocating for individuals who have suffered significant injuries due to another’s negligence. We’ll be in your corner to ensure you receive the most successful outcome possible.
Contact } today at (417) 855-2022. When it comes to complex legal matters, we'll guide you every step of the way.