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Spinal Cord Injury Attorney at Belt & Bruner, P.C.
Our Birmingham spinal cord injury lawyer at Belt & Bruner knows a serious back injury can be devastating. A damaged spinal cord can produce paralysis or lost functioning in one or more limbs or larger portions of the body. It can also trigger chronic pain that reduces one’s quality of life. You may no longer be able to walk, work, perform manual tasks or care for yourself.
If another person or company caused your injury, a paralysis lawyer at Belt & Bruner can help you seek money for the specialized medical care and assistance that you will need. Call us for a free initial consultation today or use our online contact form.
If you have a spinal cord injury, you will undoubtedly have questions about how to proceed after the life altering event. Our experienced attorneys have answered some common questions about spinal cord injury below.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is at the center of the body’s nervous system. It runs down the back and connects the brain to nerves in the rest of the body. It is protected by the spinal column, which is made up of vertebrae.
A spinal cord injury may consist of damage to the vertebrae, spinal column ligaments or disks or the spinal cord itself. These injuries can lead to paralysis or other loss of function in one or more limbs or larger portions of the body. Less severe injuries can cause chronic pain that reduces one’s quality of life.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) says there are approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases each year.
Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The Mayo Clinic defines spinal cord injury as damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. The injury can have a permanent effect on a person’s strength, sensation and other body functions below the point of injury.
Spinal cord injuries are usually described as “complete” or “incomplete.” A complete spinal cord injury leaves the victim with no function or sensation below the point of the injury. Both sides of the body are equally affected. An incomplete spinal cord injury leaves some function below the primary point of the injury. A person with an incomplete injury may be able to move one limb more than another, feel parts of the body that cannot be moved or be able to function on one side of the body.
Common Types of Injuries
- A herniated disk is when there exists damage to the cushioning disk(s) between the vertebrae. This is also known as a “slipped disk” or a “ruptured disk.” The disk may bulge and irritate nearby nerves. The injury may result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
Spinal Cord Compression
- Narrowing of the spinal canal that squeezes the spinal cord causes spinal cord compression. This is also called cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). It can cause pain, numbness and weakness. It is often a slowly progressive malady. In about 5 to 20 percent of victims, CSM worsens rapidly, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
- Paralysis is the inability to move parts of the body. When it’s caused by a spinal cord injury, paralysis may be referred to as tetraplegia or quadriplegia (the arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by the spinal cord injury) or paraplegia (all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs are affected).
In addition to a loss of sensation or motor function (ability to move), spinal cord injury patients also experience bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, and inability to regulate blood pressure effectively. In some cases, they may have trouble breathing.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The Mayo Clinic says the most common causes of spinal cord injury in the U.S. are:
Motor vehicle accidents
- Car and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.
- Falls cause more than 25 percent of spinal cord injuries.
- Up to 15 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violent encounters, often involving gunshot and knife wounds.
Sports and recreation injuries
- Impact sports (football, basketball, hockey, etc.) and diving in shallow water cause about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries.
- Cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis can also cause spinal cord injuries.
Do I Need a Spinal Injury Lawyer?
People with spinal cord injuries require years and sometimes a lifetime of specialized medical care and skilled assistance. The treatment and therapy are extremely expensive. If your spinal cord injury resulted from an accident that someone else caused, it is extremely important for you to seek the assistance of an experienced Alabama spinal cord injury attorney. We understand the long term costs of recovery from such an injury and will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Let our experienced Birmingham spinal cord injury lawyer help you. Call us today for a free consultation.
At Belt & Bruner we can help you obtain the money damages necessary to assist you with ongoing medical expenses and loss of income. Call our Alabama spinal cord injury lawyer today or use our online contact form for a free initial consultation. If your injuries were caused by medical malpractice, we can help you with your medical malpractice lawsuit.
Last updated: Mar 23, 2015