A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord, usually from a sudden, traumatic blow that fractures or dislocates vertebrae, that affects muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body below the injury.
Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete, meaning no remaining sensation or muscle function, or incomplete, meaning some feeling still exists below the injury. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the symptoms can vary from pain or numbness to paralysis.
The long-term prognosis can include permanent paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body) or quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs or the entire body below the neck). Additional complications from spinal cord injuries include muscle atrophy, pressure sores, infections, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and respiratory problems.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Acts of violence (primarily gunshot wounds)
- Truck accidents
- ATV (4 wheeler) accidents
- Train accidents
- Electrical injuries
- Construction accidents
Because of the nature of these activities, spinal cord injuries primarily affect young adults, with nearly half of all injuries occurring between the ages of 16 and 30. These victims require many decades of continuous care and the future costs can be astronomically high.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, please call DBJ at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team will negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure that those responsible for your injuries are held liable and you receive the proper compensation.