Spinal cord injuries are often the most catastrophic injuries that significantly impact an injury victim’s life and the lives of their loved ones for years. Spinal cord injuries do not stop at just impacting the physical well being of a person, they also impact the emotional and financial aspects of all involved. What makes these types of injuries even more devastating is that in many cases the brain is still fully functional when the rest of the body is not, and it leads to mild, moderate, or severe depression and other problems. Sadly, young males account for the highest percentage of spinal cord injuries each year.
Understanding the Framework of the Spine
The spine, or back bone, is made up of a series of bones that run from the bottom of your brain to your buttocks area. Each bone has an open, round, middle section where the spinal cord or nerves are located. The spine consists of 4 different regions: Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and Sacral. Each region is responsible for movement and sensation in a certain area of your body. The Cervical area is responsible for nerves that supply your head and neck region, diaphragm, arms, wrist and hands. The Thoracic area is responsible for your chest and abdominal or stomach muscles. The Lumbar area is responsible for your legs, feet and toes. The Sacral area is responsible for your bowel, bladder, and sexual functions.
Where the insult to your back bone or spine was will determine what functions may be diminished or permanently lost. If the insult was to the cervical area, everything below the cervical area will be affected. If the injury was to the thoracic area, everything below the thoracic area will be affected. In other words, the higher up the injury on the spinal column, the more devastating the disability. Remember Christopher Reeves, or Superman? He was unable to sense or move anything below his neck. That is because he suffered a tragic insult, or injury, to his cervical spine after a horse, or equestrian accident.
Spinal Cord Injury Causes and Life-Altering Effects
Injuries to the spinal column are often seen after a fall, trauma, assault, motor vehicle accident, aviation accident, motorcycle accident, diving accident, auto accident, roll over, motorcycle accident, work injury, fall in a manhole, or a sports accident. Other causes are hematomas or blood clots, masses or tumor growth, swelling, irritation, misplaced screws or hardware during back surgery, infections, or fractured bones that cut or injure the nerves.
Any injury to the spinal column can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, motor deficits, sensory deficits, numbness, tingling, pain, paralysis, loss of bowel or bladder function, sexual dysfunction, inability to breathe on your own, inability to regulate your blood pressure, decubitus or pressure ulcers, infections, additional accidents, depression, and financial hardship.
Hungry for Justice
The experienced Philadelphia spinal injury lawyers of the legendary Beasley Firm, understand how spinal cord injuries can significantly impact your life as well as the lives of your loved ones. We fought hard for people that unnecessarily suffered an injury to the spinal cord that has drastically altered their life. We will continue to fight.
We have recovered:
$5 Million settlement for a client for failure to diagnosis and treat an infection after spinal surgery that led to screws moving, causing paraplegia.
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