A spinal cord injury is defined as any injury to the spine that is caused by trauma. The type of injury and location of the injury will indicate the type symptoms a person may experience as well as the treatment for such an injury.
According to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, a study on paralysis and spinal cord injuries found that approximately 1.27 million people suffer from spinal cord injuries in the United States. In addition to this information the foundation notes that spinal cord injuries are the second most common cause of paralysis. Furthermore, the study found that approximately 24% of all spinal cord injuries were caused by motor vehicle accidents. Other causes include workplace accidents, sporting injuries, and falls.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation more than 293,000 car accidents occurred throughout the state in 2011. More than 50,000 of these accidents occurred in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.
There are a number of car accident injuries a person may experience, including spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by a careless or reckless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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The human back is composed of bones, ligaments, muscle, and primarily the spinal cord which is a thin, tubular bundle of tissues and support cells that extend from the brain. Together the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system which helps coordinate overall body movements.
Due to how large the spinal cord is and the various components of the back, there are a number of spinal injuries a person may experience, including:
Furthermore, spinal cord injuries may be classified as complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that the person has lost all ability to feel and move voluntarily below the injury. Incomplete means that the victim has some functioning below the area injured.
Paralysis due to a spinal cord injury maybe referred to as quadriplegia meaning the arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected or paraplegia which will affect the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident it is important that the individual seek medical attention right away. Some signs and symptoms are quickly noticeable while others may reveal themselves until the next day, the earlier a diagnosis is made the earlier treatment can begin.
Some signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
A serious injury may not always be noticeable and numbness or paralysis may come on gradually as bleeding and swelling around the spinal cord occurs.
When an individual suffers from a spinal cord injury it could be life-altering as some may ultimately be paralyzed or experience life-long complications. At Levinson & Axelrod we believe that those who caused others harm should be held accountable for their actions, including careless or negligent drivers.
The attorneys at Levinson & Axelrod have dedicated their practice to protecting victims’ rights and can help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation. We sympathize with how difficult it can be deal with a spinal cord injury and will help guide you through the entire litigation process while you recover from your injuries.
We have several offices located throughout New Jersey and proudly serve the following areas:
…and many more local towns and cities. To find out how we may be able to help you with your accident injury claim, contact us at 1-800-346-5529 – your initial case consultation is free of charge and of no-obligation to you.
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