Spinal cord injuries can occur in a variety of ways and cause a broad range of injuries and forms of long-term damage, ranging from partial paralysis to chronic neck pain and more. These types of injures often affect a victim’s ability to work and to earn a living. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a negligent party, you deserve legal representation from a knowledgeable source who will fight for you aggressively, coming from a place of experience.
Here at the Justice Law Office, we prepare every difficult case for litigation right from the start. This includes retaining expert witnesses to help explain what happened to you and to present a fuller picture in court. We understand how to protect your rights. Speak with a personal injury attorney in Louisville from our accomplished law office today, and receive a free case evaluation regarding your spinal cord injury.
There are several different types of spinal cord injuries, ranging in severity from mild to moderate to severe. That being said, all spinal cord injuries are serious and require prompt medical attention. If you believe you or someone else has suffered a spinal cord injury, do not attempt to move/move the person. Instead, call 9-1-1 and wait for paramedics to arrive.
Spinal cord injuries are generally broken up into two different categories:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injury: A complete spinal cord injury occurs when there is total and permanent damage to the affected area of the spine. Complete spinal cord injuries typically result in partial or total permanent paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia/tetraplegia).
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: In contrast, an incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when there is only partial damage to the spinal cord. Often, victims of incomplete spinal cord injuries retain some movement, sensation, and/or functioning.
The location and severity of the injury will determine whether the victim suffers a complete or incomplete injury, as well as the victim’s ability to move and/or feel various parts of his or her body after the accident.
There are several different types of incomplete spinal cord injuries. These include:
- Central Cord Syndrome: This injury occurs when the central portion of the spinal cord is injured, often resulting in loss of sensation and movement in the legs. Victims may be able to retain functioning of the arms and, in rare cases, could recover some functioning in the lower half.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: When the front of the spinal cord is damaged, it is known as anterior cord syndrome. Victims may experience issues with sensation, including problems with touch, temperature, and pain.
- Posterior Cord Syndrome: This involves an injury to the back of the spinal cord. Victims who suffer posterior cord syndrome frequently retain significant movement, as well as muscle tone and posture, but often experience difficulties with coordination.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: When one side of the spinal cord is injured, the victim may suffer Brown-Sequard syndrome. This affects one side of the body, limiting movement and/or sensation in one arm and/or leg but not the others.
- Cauda Equina Lesion: This occurs when the nerves located between the first and second lumbar (lower) area of the spinal cord are damaged. Victims will typically be able to retain movement but will likely experience issues with sensation.
Major Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spine occur as a result of trauma to the nerves in the spinal cord, which can cause damage to the vessels, soft tissue, and bones that surround the spinal cord. Most spinal injuries can occur during high-speed vehicle collisions or during contact sports.
Spinal cord injuries are commonly caused by:
Most Common Symptoms of Spinal Cord Damage
When the spine is injured, a person can lose all complete sensation in their body or partial, depending on the severity of the injury.
Some of the leading signs of potential spinal cord damage include:
- Lack of coordination
- Numb / tingling sensations
- Loss of bowel control / bladder control
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