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Common Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is the central communication path that runs from the brain to all other body systems. Damage to this integral communication pathway can have devastating results. Injury to the spine can block communication to other parts of the body resulting in things like partial or full paralysis, among other things. Additionally, the spinal cord does not regenerate like other body tissues have the ability to do meaning damage can often be permanent.

If you have sustained a spinal cord injury an accident that was caused due to the recklessness or negligence of someone else, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible party to get monetary damages. New York personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice is here to relentlessly pursue all avenues of monetary recovery for his clients. His job is to take on the legal burden so that you can focus on your health and physical recovery.

What are Some Common Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries?

The spinal cord is the communication highway of the body. Signals sent from the brain travel through to other areas of the body to control various bodily functions. Because of this, damage to the spinal cord can result in:

    Paralysis;
    Loss of bladder or bowel control;
    Loss of body part sensation;
    Loss of body part movement; and

Additionally, spinal cord injury can cause:

    Chronic pain;
    Numbness and tingling;
    Weakness in various areas of the body;
    Increased risk of stroke;
    Increased risk of urinary tract infection;
    Reduced life expectancy.

With continued treatment, spinal cord injuries may show some signs of improvement. Ongoing physical and occupational therapy can be very helpful, but is very expensive. Medical bills for spinal cord injuries are notoriously high and other expenses relating to this type of injury can quickly pile up. Expenses relating to spinal cord injuries can include:

    Purchasing durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and lifts;
    Vocational rehabilitation for those seeking to reenter the job market;
    Personal care assistance; and
    Home and vehicle modification for full accessibility.

When pursuing a personal injury claim associated with a spinal cord injury, all of the above should be considered in the damage award calculation.

What are the Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries? 

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

    Automobile accidents: Crashes occurring at any speed can result in damage to the spinal cord. The impact of a car crash can force the body forward and then immediately backward causing damage to the spine.
    Slip and falls: Depending on how a person lands in a slip and fall, they may damage the spinal cord when impacting with the ground.
    Bike Accidents: The spinal cord is not supported when riding on a bike. Helmets have proven to be effective in preventing severe head injuries, but do not provide any support for the neck and back. The lack of support and protection when on a bike makes the spinal cord especially susceptible to injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries Can Upend Your Entire Life. Get Legal Representation You Can Trust. 

The effects of sustaining a spinal cord injury can effect every aspect of your life for an indefinite time period. If this was caused due to the negligence of another, you have a legal right to be compensated for your losses. Contact experienced personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice today.

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