Spinal cord injuries may be devastating. They can rob the victim from a good quality of life. Severe spinal cord injuries may leave the victim affected or paralyzed below where the spinal cord injury occurred. This often makes it impossible to go back to a normal life. These catastrophic debilitating injuries also impact a family emotionally and financially.
The extensive and possibly lifelong medical procedures and treatments are a financial burden. Even the best insurances may not cover all expenses. If a spinal cord injury was because of the negligence of someone else, you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party for your damages. The insurer of the negligent party may try to offer a small financial amount. Do not accept it! They often seek to minimize their financial responsibilities. Hire an experienced injury lawyer who specializes in spinal cord injuries to get you the compensation you deserve.
Possible Compensation includes :
- Past medical costs
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Past and future pain
- Punitive damages
Although spinal cord injuries can occur virtually anywhere, they commonly happen in:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
Even when the spinal cord is not severely injured, recovery time and expenses may be extensive. The loss of income and/or a loss of job from a spinal cord injury can ruin one’s life. Often times there’s emotional suffering from a spinal cord injury. Stress, debilitating depression, feelings of helplessness and loneliness all reduce the victim’s quality of life.
There are different levels of spinal cord injuries
High cervical nerves C1-C4 from the top of the spinal
These are the most severe of spinal cord injuries. They may cause paralysis in all limbs and sometimes victims lose the ability to breath on their own and will need assistance in eating, bathing and all other areas of life.
Lower Cervical Nerves C5-C8
These control a person’s arms and hands. A victim with a severe injury to these vertebras may require assistance in daily living. Depending on the injury, the use of a power wheel chair may allow the victim to move around independently. A person may lose bowel and bladder control.
A C7-C8 injury
Typically arms and shoulders are not affected at these spinal levels. A person, however, may lose bowel and bladder control.
A C7 injury should have some finger extension and a C8 injury should have basic hand function.
The mid-back or Thoracic Vertebras are the middle of the spinal cord.
This impacts the torso muscles, trunk and legs. The severity depends on the injury. A victim is most likely to use a manual wheelchair, with normal arm and hand function.
Normal upper body functions.
Some victims can stand or walk with crutch braces. Bowel and bladder could possibly still be impacted.
Lumbar Nerves L1-L5 injury
This impacts the hips and legs and it may impact bowel and bladder control. May need wheelchair and walk with braces.
Sacral Nerves S1-S5 injury
Possibly least severe in ramifications of spinal cord injuries, but could entail having little or no control of the bowel and bladder. May impact hips and legs. And these could be extremely painful injuries.
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