Macon Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
August 7, 2020
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A spinal cord injury can be one of the most serious and life-altering injuries that a car accident victim can suffer. Damage to the spinal cord can cause victims to lose all or some of their ability to control movement and feeling below the injury site.Accordingly, a spinal cord injury to a vehicle accident victim’s middle back or lower back can affect a number of other areas, such as the chest, abdomen, legs, feet and loss of control over certain bodily functions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 46 percent of all spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents.This is likely due to the fact that what often happens in a car accident mimics the way most spine injuries occur – by a sudden, traumatic blow which fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the back’s vertebrae. Car accident victims whose spinal cord injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with an experienced accident lawyer such as the ones at the Mann Law Firm is the best way to find out what benefits you might be able to recover. We will provide you with skilled, competent legal representation to ensure that you get the best possible result given the unique circumstances of your case. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle spinal cord injury claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and other Georgia communities. The spinal cord is the main pathway for information connecting the brain and peripheral nervous system, and is also responsible for controlling many of the body’s reflexes. The cord is protected by a column of bones called vertebrae. It is very common for the spinal cord not to be directly damaged, but instead to suffer damage from the splintering, fragmenting or dislocation of one or more vertebrae. Once injured, the nerves of the spinal cord usually do not fuse back together. A spinal cord accident that results in permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) is a life-changing event that can result in costly hospital bills, income loss, a reduced quality of life, and severe emotional damage. People who suffer from spinal cord injury often need long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
The symptoms experienced by a victim vary, depending on the severity and location of the spinal cord injury. Some common symptoms include:Unfortunately, there is currently no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord. The first step in treating such an injury is to prevent further damage, which is why accident victims are usually immobilized before being transported to the hospital. Initial immobilization doesn’t necessary mean permanent damage has already occurred, though some patients need to have their movement restricted for a period of rehabilitation.
- Changes in sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to feel hot or cold
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of bowel control
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Pain or stinging sensation
- Pressure in head, neck or back
- Spasms or exaggerated reflexes
- Tingling or numbness.