The spinal cord is a group of nerves and cells which stretch from the brain down through the lower back. It and the brain make up the central nervous system and control the function and movement of the body. When this delicate group of nerves is damaged, it can lead to far-reaching ramifications. Sometimes the spinal cord itself is damaged and in other cases the surrounding bones and muscles are injured which in turn affect the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is injured, it can result in fluid buildup inside the spine as well as bleeding and swelling.
In order to treat spinal cord injuries, the victim may have to undergo surgery in order to remove any foreign objects or body parts that are pressing on the spinal cord or to put in implants to keep the spine in place.
The extent of a spinal cord injury will depend upon the area of the back that was affected; and because the spinal cord extends from the base of the brain, all the way down the middle of the back, ending just above the waist, an extensive area of the body could be affected when the spinal cord is injured. Generally, spinal cord trauma can result in a loss of movement and / or a loss of bodily sensation.
Quadriplegia / Tetraplegia: This form of spinal cord injury is typically the result of trauma to the spinal cord in the neck region. Patients who suffer from quadriplegia generally experience a loss of use from the neck down, including both arms and legs. Additionally, these persons also lose sensation in the same region of the body.
Paraplegia: This form of spinal cord injury is typically the result of trauma to the spinal cord in the area below the neck. Patients who suffer from paraplegia generally experience loss of the use and sensation of the lower portion of the body, including the legs. Spinal cord victims often also experience difficulties such as breathing (some even need ventilators), and could also suffer from a loss of involuntary functions such as blood pressure regulation and body temperature.
In cases of both quadriplegia and paraplegia, victims can seek compensation if the injury was sustained in an accident that could have been prevented. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our law office today to learn more about the legal actions that can be made on your behalf if you are suffering in this way. The Mesa Law Firm is here to help you recover damages for your injury, so don't hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case.
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