Multiple types of accidents can damage the spinal cord, but when spinal cord injuries occur because of the negligence of others, you are entitled to compensation.
Damage to the spinal cord can cause chronic pain and/or permeant loss of mobility depending on the level of injury.
Dealing with these changes can leave the injured unable to work and place an absurd level of stress on the family.
Our personal injury lawyers in Lake Charles, Louisiana sympathize with those suffering from a severe spinal cord injury. Our law firm specializes in holding negligent parties accountable for their actions and securing financial compensation for injured victims.
Not Every Spinal Cord Injury Is the Same…
Injuries to the spine range in severity from minor to catastrophic. Medical professionals categorize spinal cord injuries as complete or incomplete.
- Complete spinal cord injuries refer to injuries that cause permanent damage to the spinal cord affected (e.g., paraplegia, tetraplegia)
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to partial damage, and outcomes are based on the patient’s health and medical history.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for approximately 40 percent of all spinal cord injuries in the U.S.
These traffic-related frequently stem from sudden, blunt-force trauma to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of the vertebrae. The vertebrae are of a series of small bones forming the backbone through which the spinal cord passes.
Additional damage can also occur days or even weeks after the initial injury due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and/or around the spinal cord.
Recovery After a Spinal Cord Injury
Recovery after a spinal cord injury can be a lengthy and expensive ordeal, requiring surgery and hours of physical therapy.
In many cases, working may be impossible. Fortunately, hiring an experienced injury lawyer can mitigate the financial burden of lost wages and mounting medical bills.
The prognosis of a spinal cord injury usually depends on where the injury occurred along the spinal column. The spinal column is comprised of five sections:
- Cervical: the seven vertebrae connecting the skull’s bottom to the lower neck
- Thoracic: the 12 vertebrae that stretch from the upper shoulders through the middle back
- Lumbar: The five vertebrae that span the middle back to the lower back
- Sacrum: The five vertebrae from the lower back to the top of the tailbone coccyx: The four vertebrae at the tailbone’s base
Injuries to the cervical region of the spine may cause:
- Loss of sensation below the neck
- Loss of respiratory function
- Paraplegia (paralysis of the lower body and legs)
- Quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs)
- Loss of control of bodily functions
- Loss of sexual function
Spinal cord injuries to the thoracic area may result in:
- Loss of sensation below the waist
- Loss of physical dexterity
- Loss of control of some bodily functions
- Loss of abdominal muscle control
Injuries to the lumbar and sacrum regions of the spine may lead to:
- Loss of leg muscle control
- Loss of bladder control loss of sexual function
Though injuries to the coccyx segment of the spinal column are painful, they often recover without resulting in adverse medical effects.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we’ve been protecting the rights of injured people for 50 years. Our dedicated team spinal cord injury lawyers are here to help victims recover financial compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Rehabilitation and/or long-term care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event with severe loss of functions in various parts of the body. If your injury was the result of an accident, contact our Lake Charles law firm today and schedule a free consultation.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson are dedicated to helping injury victims recover the financial security they need to move forward with their lives.