If the brain is the control center for the body, the spinal cord is what communicates the brain’s orders. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs through the backbone. It consists of a network that transmits sensations, controls movement, and relays information through the body. When the spinal cord is severed or damaged, it is called spinal cord injury (SCI). Spinal cord injuries can interrupt the data that is being transmitted back and forth to the brain. Any trauma that pulls, compresses, pushes sideways, or cuts your spinal cord may cause spinal cord injury.
Each year, about 12,000 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed. The majority are from vehicular accidents and fall. The average age when SCI occurs is 42. The average hospital stay is eleven days. The estimated lifetime cost can be as high as $2.5 million. Non-monetary costs include decreased mobility and quality of life, as well as the loss of independence. People with a spinal cord injury are at more of a risk for certain infections and other complications.
Symptoms and Treatment of SCI
Spinal cord injuries can cause weakness, loss of sensation, loss of reflexes, muscle spasms, and susceptibility to developing secondary problems like bedsores, bladder infections, and lung infections. Injuries low on the spinal cord can cause paraplegia, weakness, loss of movement, or loss of feeling in the legs and lower parts of the body. Injuries closer to the neck can cause quadriplegia, affecting the arms, torso, and legs. A severed spinal cord cannot be repaired, but in less severe cases, recovery time depends of the extent of the damage. Usually intense physical therapy is required.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Typical causes include vehicular accidents, sports injuries, and workplace injuries. Electric shocks can also cause spinal cord injuries. Other lesser known causes include, blood clots and tumors.
If you have been in an accident that resulted in a SCI, you should hire a spinal cord injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, damages, and loss of wages.
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Spinal Cord Injury attorneys, like KC Road Lawyers’ Chris Benjamin, may be able to help you navigate the claims process, negotiate a fair settlement, and get compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, damages, and loss of wages. Contact KC Road Lawyers by navigating to our contact page or by calling 816-425-2420 for a free consultation to find out how we can help you. We will work with you and your family to recover the compensation you deserve. Don’t go through this alone. Let KC Road Lawyers fight in your corner.