Car crashes unfortunately present opportunities for innumerable types of injuries. One of the most severe injuries is damage to the spinal cord. Depending on the type and location, spinal injury can lead to lifelong, permanent, and total paralysis. If you’ve been in a bad accident and suffer from spinal cord damage, contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your case and options.
The human spine is a vital conduit between the brain and the rest of the body. The spine is comprised of nerves, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It must remain strong and flexible to support a full range of motion and activity. The spinal cord runs much of the length of the spine, from the base of your brain through the thoracic spine. It does not run through the lower back. This collection of nerves allows your brain and the rest of your body to communicate. Through the spinal cord, your brain sends signals to your body about how and when to move, and receives sensory information back through the same mechanism.
Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injury, accounting for 35% of new injuries every year. Spine injuries can range from minor to life threatening. Damage to the spine could mean injury to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, or the spinal cord. Damage to the actual spinal cord is the most severe type of spinal injury, but even more minor injuries can seriously impact your life.
Injury to the spine can lead to chronic pain and limited mobility. Because strength and flexibility of the back muscles is so vital to normal functionality, even the most seemingly minor limitation on range of motion has the potential to change the way you live your life forever. Financial consequences can often be insurmountable for spinal injuries. Many require numerous doctor visits, hospital stays, and even surgical intervention. Injury to the spinal cord could lead to severe and lifelong disability, meaning sufferers could require round the clock care in addition to a number of assistive devices. If you are in a bad accident, you could spend weeks or months in the hospital, and return home in a wheelchair. Most homes are not handicap accessible, and many spinal injuries require a residence to undergo extensive modifications in order to accommodate new disabilities and limitations.
An injury to your spine could cost you untold thousands of dollars, and your life as you knew it. If you’ve suffered a spinal injury due to an accident, contact an Atlanta lawyer to discuss your case. You don’t have to suffer alone, We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule a consultation.