Spinal cord damage is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer in the event of an accident. While other types of injuries are more likely to result in death, spinal trauma can lead to severe disabilities that can permanently alter a person’s life and make what was once routine nearly impossible. These injuries can result from a wide variety of accidents, but car crashes, slip and falls, and other incidents that result in a direct impact on the spine of a victim are the most likely to cause such damage.
In order to understand the dangers of such accidents and the trauma you may be suffering from, it is important to understand the nature of such injuries.
The spinal cord transmits neural signals to and from the brain in conjunction with the rest of a person’s body. When the spine is damaged, such as being severed, crushed, stretched, or twisted, this connection is interrupted either partially or fully depending on the nature and severity of the trauma. As such, the victim will have problems controlling his or her body normally, and the higher the injury, the more widespread the effect. Spine injuries at the neck have the possibility of resulting in quadriplegia and even an inability to breathe without mechanical assistance, while injuries at the base of the spine can affect the legs and waist. Any injuries between these two points can affect the rest of the body, such as muscle control in the waist and chest or arm movement.
While recovery from some types of spinal cord injuries is possible, many types can never be healed, leaving victims disabled for life.
At the law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills spinal cord injury attorneys understand the devastating nature of such injuries and the need for both emergency and long term medical care. If you have suffered a spine injury due to the negligence of another party, our legal team can represent you in your search for compensation. For more information on how we can help in your case, call us today at 213-514-8332.