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Spinal Cord Injuries
Generally speaking, spinal cord injuries involve trauma sustained by the spinal cord – a bundle of nerves that runs down the spinal column. Spinal cord injuries are distinct from diseases or other medical conditions that could damage the nerves in the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can be direct or indirect. In other words, an accident victim could suffer an injury from direct trauma or from indirect damage sustained by the bones or surrounding tissue in the spine.
The spinal cord can be injured in a variety of ways. In some instances, the spinal cord may be cut. If the bones around the spinal cord shatter, bone fragments may puncture or damage the nerves in the spinal cord. Often, spinal cord injuries occur when the nerves in the spinal cord are compressed, pulled, pressed sideways or stretched. This type of injury is likely to occur if the neck or head is twisted, or bent, during an accident.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, spinal cord injuries are usually caused by assaults, fall injuries, gunshot wounds, industrial accidents, car crashes or sport injuries. Individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis are more likely to sustain spinal cord injuries because of weakened bone density.
Depending on the severity of the injury, bleeding and fluid build-up may occur. This build-up may result in further damage to the spine if the added pressure begins to compress the nerves in the spinal column. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, young men (between the ages of 15 and 35) are more likely to suffer spinal cord injuries than any other age group.
Symptoms and side effects
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating. The spinal cord I designed to transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body. If injured, the nerves in the spinal cord will not be able to communicate with the brain, which may result in partial or complete paralysis to different parts of the body.
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury vary depending on the exact location of the trauma and the force of the trauma affects the severity of the symptoms. Severe spinal cord injury can result in complete paralysis to the victim’s limbs, called quadriplegia. Almost all spinal cord injuries are identifiable by spasticity (increased muscle tone), loss of bladder control, numbness, loss or change of sensation, pain, weakness or paralysis.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of some else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Money collected in a personal injury claim or lawsuit may be used to cover medical expenses, missed wages and other costs associated with your injury so contact David McQuade Leibowitz today.
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