Spinal Cord Injuries: Common Causes, Complications, and Treatments
Spinal cord injuries are one of the more serious injuries one may experience. It can permanently change a person’s strength, sensation, and bodily functions. In some cases, it could even lead to paralysis and decreased life expectancy. Most concerning of all is that many spinal injury sufferers are victims of an accident – one that was caused by the negligent actions of another. If you or someone you love has been in an accident and a spinal cord injury has occurred, know what to expect and how you may be able to seek compensation.
Spinal Injuries Explained
Spinal cord injuries are injuries in which the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal are damaged. Ability to retain control the limbs or other parts of the body is determined by where the spinal cord was injured and the severity of the injury. Pain or intense stinging in the back, neck, or head; difficulty breathing; numbness, particularly in the extremities; loss of bowel or bladder control; and loss of sensation or movement are often the first signs that an injury has occurred. Failure to seek medical treatment immediately after an injury, or being moved without proper care, can worsen the injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Injuries
Most spinal cord injuries are caused when the spine experiences a traumatic blow that fractures, crushes, dislocates, or compresses one or more of the vertebrae. Motor vehicle accidents, which are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, account for more than 35 percent of all new injuries in the United States.
Possible Complications and Treatments
Victims of spinal injuries can experience a wide range of complications, including diminished or loss of skin sensation, difficulties controlling their bowels or bladder, circulatory problems, respiratory problems, difficulties maintaining fitness and wellness, problems with muscle tone, infertility, long-term pain, and depression. Some of these complications can be managed with time, treatment, and medication. This treatment can include everything from surgery or experimental treatments to physical therapy, medication, and rehabilitation.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Injuries
If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal injury caused because of an automobile accident or negligence, you may be due compensation. However, you must act quickly. Victims have a limited amount of time over which to pursue damages. Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can help. Skilled and dedicated to your best interests, we fight to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Green Bay, Wisconsin personal injury attorneys today to learn more. Call 920-739-7366.