Spinal Cord Injury: A Very Costly Paralyzing injury

Aug 16, 2014 by

Every year, about 12,000 individuals are added to the more than 200,000 already suffering from spinal cord injuries (SCI). A spinal injury can result from either a non-traumatic or traumatic experience. While a non-traumatic experience can include infections, arthritis, cancer and other illnesses, disc collapse and inflammation of the spine, a traumatic one is a result of a sudden, forceful blow that can crush, fracture or dislocate any region/s of the vertebral column.

Spinal injuries can be caused by a gunshot, a hard fall or bump (with excessive force) during sport activities, a case of a slip and fall accident, of a motor vehicle crash. Due to the activities that usually lead to spinal injuries, the most common victims are, therefore, young males, especially those 16 to 30 years in age.

A spinal injury, whether it is partial (Paraplegia) or total (Quadriplegia) paralysis, can change a victim’s life forever. Not only will it require additional costly medical costs, but this paralyzing injury may also force you to make major changes in your work, activities, schedule – in all aspects of your life, actually.

Partial paralysis or Paraplegia, in particular can result to sexual side effects, extensive nerve damage, loss of fertility, loss of function and feeling of extremity and loss of bladder and bowel control. Almost half of all the cases of spinal injuries are partial paralyses, which may also be a result of medical malpractice, aside from car accidents and slip and fall.

A spinal injury is actually a result of damage or harm to the spinal cord or spinal/vertebral column since this damage will render the brain unable to send signals to different parts of the body. The brain and the spinal cord form the Central Nervous System, which is composed of nerve segments that are protected by the spinal column / vertebral column (simply called backbone or spine). To cushion and protect the spinal cord’s delicate nerve tissues, the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) encircles them, keeping them undamaged despite impact; but protection is only possible if the impact is not extremely forceful.

It is more possible than not, that if anyone is suffering from a spinal injury, that injury was sustained due to someone else’s negligent or reckless acts, rendering it a personal injury. Under the law, victims of personal injury ought to be compensated by the person, firm (or whatever entity) that caused such injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of medical malpractice, contact a personal injury lawyer today. You shouldn’t have to suffer alone and a personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through this difficult time.

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