Spinal cord injuries can be traumatic and life-changing. These injuries are often caused by heavy blows to the back that compresses, fractures, dislocates, or crushes one of the vertebrae.
While initial damage to the spine is painful enough, complications often occur after the injury—including bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation.
Not all spine injuries are traumatic, and can be caused by diseases such as arthritis, inflammation, infections, or even cancer.
The spine is directly connected to the brain through nerve fibers, so a direct impact to this region can impede basic body function and movement. Whether the cause is traumatic or non-traumatic, the damage may impair all or part of the muscles and limbs below the area of impact. A chest or lower back injury can affect everything from your torso to sexual function. Read the rest »
As anyone who’s suffered one knows, injuries to the neck and back are among the worst types of trauma that can happen to a person. The pain from such an injury can be chronic and debilitating, limit your range of movement, and often take the longest to heal. At the same time, symptoms from such an injury do not always manifest themselves immediately, and you may not even realize at the time of an accident that you’ve been injured.
Neck and back injuries are common in many types of accidents and from a number of activities. Examples include all of the following: Read the rest »
Any type of accident that results in damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis. A car accident, a fall, a workplace accident, or any other incident may do damage to the spinal cord. The extent of the paralysis and the specific medical problems it causes – such as loss of sensation or coordination – depends on which part of the spinal cord is damaged.
If you’re facing symptoms of paralysis after an accident, take the following steps as soon as you can: Read the rest »
Paralysis can occur if the spinal cord is damaged, cut, or severed during a catastrophic injury accident. Our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys
have helped represent patients with various forms of paralysis. Here are some of the more common types of paralysis injuries.
Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, occurs when the patient suffers paralysis or weakness in both arms and legs. It most often results from an injury to the cervical spine, which is located in the neck. Some people with quadriplegia or tetraplegia also deal with symptoms like loss of physical sensation in the affected body parts, trouble breathing, and difficulty controlling their bowels or bladder. Read the rest »
After receiving a spinal cord injury, your life is never like it was before. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or even death. Most of the time spinal cord injuries are caused by someone else, and are the result of accidents, such as:
Car accidents: Account for more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries every year.
Falls: Spinal cord injury after the age of 65 is usually caused by a fall.
Gunshot or knife wound: Around 15 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violence.
Sport-related accidents: Impact sports and diving in shallow water cause about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries.
Alcohol: Alcohol is a factor in about 1 out of every 4 spinal cord injuries.
During these types of accidents, spinal cord injuries occur after a blow that fractures or dislocates the bone disks that make up your spine. Most spinal cord injuries don’t sever your spinal cord, but instead cause damage when pieces of your bone disks tear into cord tissue or press down on nerves that carry signals.
In a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can’t relay messages below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the level of injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.
Most spinal cord injuries are due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a spinal cord injury, the spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.