Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury is the most serious type of back or neck injury. It results in loss of muscular control and feeling or sensation, either temporarily or permanently. Car accidents, falls, disease and gunshots are some common causes of spinal cord injury. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause. Two main factors determine the severity of a spinal cord injury:
- The injury type and extent of bodily damage
- The location of the injury on the spinal cord
Type and Extent of Spinal Cord Injury
A light spinal cord concussion may disappear in several hours. Spinal cord bruises are more serious and may take longer for recovery. The greatest damage comes from spinal cord tears and “transection,” which is a complete severing of the cord. At this time, medical science does not have the ability to regenerate torn or severed spinal cords, which makes this type of injury permanent.
Location of the Spinal Cord Injury
In severe injury, such as a tear or transaction, the area below the injury location is paralyzed. Paraplegia is the name for injuries resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Quadriplegia describes complete paralysis from the neck down.
Extensive medical assistance, intervention, physical therapy and life-long care for someone disabled from a spinal cord injury create huge expenses. If the injury resulted through the fault of someone else, it is crucial to obtain a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Necessary measures must be taken to ensure evidence is preserved and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate all records and injuries. There are also statutes of limitation on filing personal injury claims. Being awarded compensation can help immensely in defraying the costs of caring for someone who is disabled.
At the Law Firm of Robert D. King Jr., P.C., we can make certain your rights are protected. The initial consultation is free and if we accept your case, we will only get paid if we get you money. Don’t delay in protecting your rights. Contact us at (317) 916-0000 or fill out our online form.