Spinal cord injuries are a common result of auto accidents. These injuries are unique in that they can occur from even a minor, low-impact accident. Victims suffering from an existing condition that has weakened their spinal cord- such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis- can easily injure their spinal cord in an auto accident. Spinal cord injuries can occur directly to the bone or indirectly to surrounding bones, tissue or blood vessels.
Due to the various ways spinal cord damage can occur, there are several types of injuries. These injuries are broken down into two categories, either complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries are ones that result in the inability to feel and move. Incomplete injuries leave some function abilities. Specific types of spinal cord injuries include:
Anterior Cord Syndrome is an incomplete injury that damages the front portion of the spinal cord and can affect the individual’s ability to feel pain and temperature.
Central Cord Syndrome is an incomplete injury that damages the center of the spinal cord and can affect the individual’s ability to move their arms.
Posterior Cord Syndrome is an incomplete injury that damages the back of the spinal cord and can result in a loss of proprioception.
Brown-Sequard Syndrome is an incomplete injury where there is damage to the section between the anterior and posterior portion of the spinal cord. This damage is often the result of a gunshot wound and can result in loss of motor function and proprioception and the inability to sense pain and temperature.
Complete Cord Injury means the damage is a complete cord severance and can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. The victim of a complete cord injury will lose all sensory and motor function.
Spinal cord damage occurs when the victim experiences an abrupt, traumatic blow. The majority of spinal cord injuries result in a fracture or compression of the vertebrae. Surgery is often necessary for victims of spinal cord injuries. Surrounding broken bones or fragments of bones can cause compression that will affect the victim’s pain level and their ability to recover. They may also need surgery to remove fluid that is pressing the spinal cord. The most successful spinal cord injury recovery cases are the ones with the most aggressive treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment can reduce nerve damage and improve abilities that were limited due to the injury.
Almost 81 percent of spinal cord injuries are seen in males and the average age is 40.2 years old. Automobile accidents are the highest rated cause of spinal cord injuries, causing approximately 41.7 percent of recorded injuries. Around 27.3 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by falls. Injuries can also be the result of violence, diseases sporting accidents, etc.
Spinal cord injury symptoms can vary depending on the type of injury and the severity of it. If there is damage to the neck area of the spinal cord, the victim might experience difficulty breathing. If there is damage to the chest area of the spine, victims may have trouble maintaining a normal body temperature, experience abnormal sweating or have blood pressure problems. If there is damage to the lower back, victims can experience problems with bowel or bladder muscles.
Get Help With Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
Spinal cord injuries are often life-altering injuries and need immediate attention. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, you are eligible for compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages as well as other damages. Contact an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer at Auto Justice Attorney for help with your case