The importance of your spinal cord to the function of your everyday life cannot be understated. The electrical signals that travel through your body, allowing you to breathe, walk, feel, move; they all travel through your spinal cord. Injuries to that part of your body can cause effects that range from constant pain to paralysis. The health of your spine is directly linked to the health of your body in general, which is why it’s so important to be aware of spinal cord injuries.
It’s vital to note that there is a distinction between back injuries and spinal cord injuries. Conditions, such as spinal stenosis or herniated discs, are incredibly painful and, depending on the circumstances that caused those conditions, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney. But these injuries, as serious as they can be, are related to the back, specifically the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. If an injury goes beyond the bones and into the cord itself, it can be considered either a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. The difference between the two depends on the amount of feeling and control a person has in the regions below where the spinal cord injury exists.
Unlike back injuries, which can result from poor posture, heavy lifting, and other seemingly benign activities, spinal cord injuries are largely caused by car accidents, falls, and gunshots. The problem with falls mostly pertains to older individuals, while a majority of younger patients receive their injuries from auto accidents. With the extensive medical costs associated with living with a spinal cord injury, it is imperative that if you were involved in a car accident that caused it, you contact a lawyer with experience in auto accidents and personal injuries. If another driver is determined to be at fault for the accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation to help alleviate some of the costs of your medical treatment.
Depending on the area of the spine that is damaged and the extent of damage caused, the resulting effects can be catastrophic. As mentioned before, paralysis, either partial or total is a possibility, but the issues can go far beyond that. Paralysis can affect a person’s ability to perform normal bodily functions, like excreting or breathing. Often times, when the damage is that great, it is mostly or totally irreversible. This is partially why the medical costs associated with these injuries are so high: because they create lifelong problems for people that can require constant, or near-constant, medical care.
Gunshots, car crashes, and accidental falls are three of the main causes of spinal cord injuries, many of which could be resulting from the negligence of another party. Money can not cure one of these injuries; unfortunately, even with current medical technology, there is no cure for extensive damage to the spinal cord. Money can help you with treatment though, which can potentially lead to a better quality of life. Call the Escamilla Law Group, PLLC at 623-562-3838 for a free consultation. Serious injuries require serious help, and the Escamilla Law Group is here to provide that.