A spinal cord injury can lead to severe physical difficulties. These injuries often result in a negative impact on the spinal cord’s ability to function properly. Spinal cord injuries can affect the motor, sensory or autonomic function of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can be traced back to several sources. The most common sources of spine injuries occur from physical catastrophic accidents. The most common causes for spinal injuries are often traced back to catastrophic accidents. Victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and construction site incidents are highly susceptible to spinal cord injuries. The aftermath of such tragic events can leave victims paralyzed and unable to produce income. For the families of these victims, the impact of the quality of life can be overwhelming.
Spinal Cord Injury Levels
There are several levels of spinal cord injuries. Most of these injuries can be grouped into one of the four levels, Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral. Each level is identified by it’s location on the spine. The higher the impact area, the more severe the conditions. Lumbar and Sacral Nerve SCI’s typically affect the hips and legs. Thoracic Nerve SCI’s are found in the mid-back area and typically affect the abdominal, back and leg muscles. High Cervical Nerve injuries are the most dramatic of all spinal cord injuries. These injuries can cause paralysis in the victims arms, hands, back and legs. The common name for these types of injuries is tetraplegia or quadriplegia. This form can have the most lasting effect on the victim and their family because it’s known for leaving the victim with no ability to care for themselves and requires 24-hour assistance.
Symptoms of Spine Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in the victim experiencing extremely damaging symptoms. Many victims experience loss of movement in the legs and below the spinal area. There can also be a loss of sensation. Some individuals lose their complete ability to sense heat and cold temperatures. In many catastrophic personal injury cases the loss of bladder control has been documented as a primary symptom. Victims have been known to experience breathing difficulties and excessive spasms. One of the most intense symptoms noted over the course of recovery or treatment of a personal injury is the intense pain felt in the spinal cord’s nerve fibers. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a catastrophic personal injury consult our office immediately regarding your legal options.
Providence Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
The impact of these injuries can be fatal changing the structure of a family or an individual’s life forever. Learn how to identify spine injury symptoms. We understand the difficulties caused by the unfortunate circumstances of spinal cord injuries. Attorney Morowitz has dedicated his practice of law to supporting families through some of the most challenging times of their lives. If you or a loved one has been severely injured by the negligence of another party, call our office immediately. Many personal injuries are time sensitive and waiting could have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Call 401-274-5556 to schedule your free consultation.