Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord damage can be the result of a medical condition such as spina bifida or Friedrich’s Ataxia, but it is often the result of a serious injury. The most common causes of spinal damage include:
- Traffic accidents
- Diving accidents
- Gunshot wounds
All too often people suffer painful and life-changing injuries through no fault of their own. A person who suffers a spinal cord injury may be facing years of physical challenges, medical bills, and emotional stress.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Damage
The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the brain to just below the waist. It acts as the center of communication for the nervous system, carrying information between the brain and the rest of the body. Because of the important role it plays, damage to the spinal cord is a very serious medical issue.
The long-term medical consequences depend partly on the severity of the injury. An injury can be complete, meaning a complete loss of sensation or function, or it can be incomplete, meaning a partial loss of sensation, function, or both.
The location of the injury also has an effect on the long-term consequences for the patient. Areas of the body below the injury are the ones that will be affected. For example, a severe injury at the top of the neck can result in quadriplegia, or loss of the use of all four limbs. Injuries located closer to the ribcage can damage functioning in the hands and arms, while injuries closer to the waist affect leg functioning.
It is not fair for a person injured by someone else’s negligence to suffer the physical, financial, and emotional losses associated with spinal cord injury. Filing a suit against the responsible party is one way for victims to gain compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. It is also a way to see justice done against the parties who hurt them.
Contact a Minnesota Spinal Injury Lawyer