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Spinal Cord Injuries Devastating for Injured and Families

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) affect 450,000 people in the United States with about 10,000 injuries occurring per year. Spinal cord injuries can be more devastating than other back injuries because spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia.

The spinal cord is very important to the brain and body's functioning. The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves that carries signals to and from the brain to the body. Spinal cord injuries can lead to a variety of very severe symptoms and lifelong problems.

Spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause several problems including loss of:

  • Motor function
  • Sensation
  • Sexual function
  • Bowel and bladder control
  • Ability to breathe unassisted

Prognosis Not Always Good

Spinal cord injuries do not have an absolute cure or fail-safe course of treatment. Most people who suffer an SCI must attend physical therapy in order to learn to live with their injuries. After the initial injury, some people gain some of their functioning back when the swelling of the spinal cord reduces, but usually injuries are permanent. It is crucial to get high quality emergency care right to reduce the central nervous system damage. 

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Spinal cord injuries are emotionally, physically and financially devastating to the injured parties and their families. A person suffering from a spinal cord injury as the result of another person's negligence may be entitled to relief from the court system. Relief may be available for past and future medical expenses as well as other losses resulting from the injury.

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