One of the most serious injuries we see in our practice is a spinal cord injury. This can occur in a range of accidents from motor vehicle crashes to slips and falls. When a client suffers a spinal cord injury, his or her life can be devastated by the physical, emotional, and financial effects. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, it may be a good idea to discuss the matter with an attorney that can assess the validity of a personal injury claim and fight for just compensation. Trombly & Singer, PLLC has over 30 years of experience helping clients through these tough times. If you are the victim of a spinal cord injury and need an effective legal team, contact our firm. We recognize the future may be bleak. Having the right attorneys on your side is best. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation today.
A Little About the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is actually a part of the central nervous system, along with the brain. It carries signals from the brain to all parts of the body to move and function. It is protected by the spine itself. But in an accident, the discs of the spine often bruise and damage the spinal cord and cause long-term or permanent disability. The location of the injury along the spine is crucial to its impact. Generally, the higher on the spine, the greater the damage, as signals from the brain can no longer reach below that point.
The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
When a catastrophic injury severs the nerve track or bruises the spinal cord, the effects can be numbness or loss of ability in certain areas. When the brain cannot communicate with the body, a person can suffer from paralysis. Paralysis can involve all four limbs or just the lower half, respectively quadriplegia and paraplegia. Quadriplegia and paraplegia can be either complete (all functions lost below the point of injury) or incomplete (some feelings retained below the point of injury). The closer the injury to the head, the greater chance of a larger area being affected. In addition to quadriplegia and paraplegia, a person could also suffer from anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, and spinal contusions, deeply impacting a person’s future. These injuries are known to generally shorten a person’s lifespan and lead to other health problems, including bladder and bowel issues, chronic pain, increased respiratory issues, and the inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you are the victim of a spinal cord injury, it will have significant effects on your future. If the injury was caused by negligence, it may be crucial to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to help you adjust to a burdened future. Many spinal cord injuries are caused by accidents brought on by negligence, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Mass transit accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
Contact a Washington D.C. Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Suffering from a spinal cord injury can be devastating. When that injury is caused by negligence, it is important to discuss your legal options. For a consultation with an experienced and effective legal team, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.