Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries qualify as some of the most dangerous injuries a person can sustain. Spinal cord injuries refer to any injury sustained to the spinal cord (stretching from the neck to the lower back) which results in a temporary or permanent change in the body’s sensory/motor function. These injuries can result from either trauma (such as gunshots and car accidents), or disease (such as polio or spina bifida).

Spinal Cord injuries can result in two types of paralysis: partial paralysis (known as paraplegia), and total paralysis (known as quadriplegia). Paraplegia often results from a thoracic or lumbosacral injury- or an injury occurring at or below thoracic spinal levels- affecting the arms and hands, or at or below the lumbosacral level- affecting the legs and hips. Quadriplegia often results from cervical injuries, or injuries that occur in the area of the spine located in the neck. If it is a “complete” injury, all areas at or below the point of injury are effected.

Louisville personal injury attorneys usually know that an injury of this nature can result in a victim’s life being “dramatically altered, resulting in the need for mobility aids, caretakers, and additional support.” these injuries require extensive hospital treatment and long term medical adjustments which can ultimately be very costly to the victim and their family in more ways than one.

Effects of a spinal cord injury can be permanent and life altering. Unfortunately, in many cases, a spinal cord injury was preventable and occurred due to the carelessness of another. Should you or someone you know be the victim of a preventable accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to certain damages which can aid in the medical expenses associated with spinal cord injuries.

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