Understanding the Complexities of Spinal Cord Damage

Spinal Cord Injury EffectsWhether it is during a car crash, slip and fall, dog attack, or any other dangerous incident, a spinal cord injury can have some of the most serious and varied effects on a victim. Victims of spinal cord injuries can suffer two categories of damage: complete and incomplete, which depends on whether the spine has been damaged to the point of being fully incapable of sending nerve signals through the point of injury.

But perhaps most importantly, spinal cord damage and its effects on the body are directly related to the exact location at which the injury occurred. The human vertebral column is made up of 33 vertebrae, which are placed into different categories depending on their location. Determining the exact location of spinal cord trauma is key to understanding the effects of the damage and administering proper treatment for a victim.

  • Cervical: C1-C7, the highest section of the spinal column, injuries here affect not only neck muscles, diaphragm control, and arm movement, but all other areas of the body listed below.
  • Thoracic: T1-T12, injuries to this section affect the abdominal muscles and some possible small muscle control in the hand, as well as everything below.
  • Lumbar: L1-L5, trauma damages various types of muscle control in areas of the upper and lower legs, as well as the feet, depending on the exact location of the injury.
  • Sacral: S1-S5, damage here can also harm muscle control of the legs, but is most often directly connected to the feet, bowel, bladder, and sexual function.
  • Coccygeal: Tailbone, also known as the coccyx, injury of this section can result in lasting pain, but is less likely to result in any paralysis.

If you or a loved one has suffered spinal damage in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you deserve to have your rights protected through skillful legal representation. The Beverly Hills spinal cord injury lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley are dedicated to helping injured victims find justice and the compensation they need to move on with their lives. To learn more about how we can help you, call 213-514-8332.