Last Updated on October 29, 2020 by Theodore Spaulding
If you’ve suffered damage to your spinal cord in an accident, you know how devastating the consequences can be. Spinal injuries can be life-changing, robbing victims of basic quality of life, like the ability to walk or breathe on their own. Spinal cord injuries can also result in huge medical bills for victims and their families.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may have legal options that can help you recover the money you need for a better life. Negligent and reckless parties, like reckless drivers, irresponsible property owners, and negligent doctors, cause spinal cord injuries far too often. If this has happened to you, it’s vital to contact a spinal cord injury lawyer who can help evaluate your next steps. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the money you lost when you missed work, your pain and suffering, and more.
Start your financial recovery with our knowledgeable Atlanta back injury and spinal cord injury attorneys at Spaulding Law Firm. You can learn what steps you can take to hold the person who hurt you responsible for your losses. We may be able to help you recoup your medical costs, lost wages, future earnings, and more.
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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Some common causes of spinal cord injury include:
- Automobile accidents – According to the Mayo Clinic, almost half of all spinal cord injuries are caused by car wrecks each year.
- Sports injuries – Contact sports and diving into water that is too shallow can cause spinal cord injuries.
- Slips and falls – About a third of spinal injuries occur when a person slips or trips and falls.
- Alcohol consumption – Many spinal injuries are exacerbated by inebriation and the lack of coordination it causes.
- Birth injuries – Sometimes inappropriate care during the delivery process can cause spinal cord injury.
- Medical malpractice – Doctors or chiropractors may apply inappropriate medical procedures or fail to diagnose illness that results in spinal injury.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can vary from relatively minor to catastrophic, including injuries that cause paralysis. The severity of the symptoms depends on where the spinal cord was injured and how severe the damage is. An injury to the upper vertebrae in the neck may result in complete paralysis and the need for a ventilator, while an injury to the lower vertebrae may affect the ability to use legs and the lower body.
The result of a traumatic spinal cord injury may be paralysis, and in some cases, death. If you’ve lost a close relative due to a spinal injury caused by negligence, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury
If you’ve suffered a back injury, you know that its treatment can require intensive medical care. A doctor will determine the degree of care, taking into account factors like your age, the severity of the injury, where it is located on your spinal cord, and your unique requirements.
At the scene of the accident, persons with spinal injuries should be immobilized as much as possible to avoid further injury. First responders may strap them to a backboard and stabilize the neck for transport to the hospital. In some cases, the injury may require immediate surgery to fully evaluate the spinal cord and to secure any broken fragments of the vertebrae.
Other medical interventions may include:
- A ventilator to aid in breathing
- A catheter
- A feeding tube