Spinal Cord Injuries
Due to the vital nature of the spinal cord, any damage that is directed to it is not only life-changing but can even be life-threatening in nature. The spine is often referred to as the "information highway," of the body, due to the way it interconnects the entire body and allows for messages to be sent from brains to every other area, including the feet, hands and everything in between. When this is damaged, the victim will find that they have to completely learn new skill sets and will require long-term medical and non-medical care to ensure that a high quality of their life is maintained.
Explaining the Different Types of Spine Injuries
In many cases, injuries to the spine come from a blow that either fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. It is very rare for an injury to sever (either partially or completely) the spinal cord. Instead, the damage is mainly targeted to the vertebrae, which may cause them to tear the surrounding tissue or cause them to pinch the nerves between them. When this occurs, the traveling of information through the body is halted, unable to move unhindered as before.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strike (NINDS), spinal cords often come from a sudden blow – such as those inflicted in a traumatic car accident. In some cases, the damage done to the spinal cord will be enough that it will result in paralysis. Paralysis is the condition where either part or all of the body loses muscle function; this can be total paralysis or can be partial, where it affects one or both side of the body.
The main categories of paralysis include the following:
- C1-C4 High Tetraplegia – Individuals who suffer from this have little to no movement in the muscles of their upper body, although they may be able to move the head and neck. In many cases, they will require help with ventilation following the incident.
- C5-C8 Low Tetraplegia – This is similar to a C1-C4 injury, except it does not affect the arms as much. It, however, is not uncommon for someone with this type of injury to have full control of their arms, but not have any function in their fingers.
Spinal Cord Damage: Seeking Treatment
Currently, with aggressive medical treatment, people who have been victimized by a spinal cord injury can help to minimize the damage that they would have otherwise suffered. In some cases, they will even be able to help restore some of the abilities that this catastrophic injury took away, however, medical attention is typically more concerned with helping to stabilize a spinal cord injury victim. Survivors will likely need to engage in comprehensive rehabilitative programs to help them gain back certain skills that will allow for them to get their life as close to normal as possible.
However, when paired with medical costs that many people will need, this is not cheap. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the lifetime cost of a 20-year-old victim of a high tetraplegia injury is over $4 million, with a low tetraplegia victim at the same age facing over $3 million in estimated life cost. Most of this will come from the first year alone. For example, a high-tetraplegia victim will have over a million dollars in costs for the first year and then $177,000 for each following year.
Importance of Hiring a Plantation Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, such as a bus accident or
motorcycle accident that resulted in a serious spinal cord injury, it is extremely important that you get knowledgeable representation on your side that will be able to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. This is not a cheap injury to treat or deal with for life; not only that, but victims will often sustain significant emotional and psychological damage that can cause serious issues.
At the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover, we know what is on the line with situations of the nature. You can be confident knowing that should you choose to work with our firm that we will do everything that we can to help you address the complexities of your personal injury claim. With a track record of success, you can trust knowing that our firm will advocate on your behalf – doing everything possible to help you. To learn more about how we can help, please do not hesitate to contact us today!