Spinal cord injuries are one of the most common types of injuries seen in a variety of auto accidents. A spinal cord injury will definitely affect your life deeply. It could even cause permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) and sensation below the site of the injury. The cause of a spinal cord injury is usually some type of trauma — a sudden blow or impact to the spine that may fracture or dislocate the vertebrae. A majority of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of auto accidents (about 47 percent). Falls cause about 23 percent of spinal cord injuries. In most cases, the injury is caused by someone else’s negligence. It could be the driver of a car or truck, a dangerous or defective product or an unsafe condition on a property.
Spinal cord injuries may result in one of the following symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Changes in sexual function or fertility
- Excruciating pain or stinging sensation caused by damaged nerve fibers
- Difficulty in breathing or coughing
- Loss of sensation
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, surgery, medication, physical therapy and continued treatment. A spinal cord injury could leave you disabled or injured for life. Many who are rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic are never able to return to work and need 24/7 care, which is extremely expensive.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by a defective auto, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable. If you were injured on the job, your workers compensation benefits would usually cover the damages. These cases can be complex and involve a large amount of medical and technical information. You need a personal injury lawyer who has the experience, knowledge and successful track record in handling and winning spinal cord injury cases.