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Have you suffered spinal cord damage caused by negligence?

There are many causes of spinal cord damage. Often, someone else’s negligence acts as a contributing factor in the injury.

Some people confuse a spinal cord injury with a back injury, but they are not the same.

Understanding the difference

A back injury usually occurs because of ruptured disks, pinched nerves or even a vertebra fracture. Located within the vertebrae or spinal column, the spinal cord consists of a network of nerves that transmit impulses to the brain and from there, to the rest of the body. In a spinal cord injury, damage is done directly to the nerves themselves or through damage to the bones, vessels or soft tissues surrounding the spinal cord.

Causes of spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury can occur because of a motor vehicle accident, fall, sports injury, physical assault, a disease like polio or an industrial accident. If you have a weakened spine due to arthritis or a similar condition, any type of minor injury can result in spinal cord damage.

Two types

There are two types of spinal cord injuries. A complete injury causes a loss of feeling and the inability to move voluntarily below the injury site. In the incomplete version, some functioning can occur below the injury site. Immediate treatment is essential to limit life-threatening problems and reduce the risk of long-term issues. Medical teams use corticosteroid drugs to reduce swelling. For the spine to heal properly, surgery and bed rest are sometimes required. Serious spinal cord injuries require physical or occupational therapy and other types of rehabilitation.

Seeking help

In many cases, the spinal cord sustains bruising or a tear but is not severed. If you have suffered this kind of injury and a person or entity's negligence was responsible, you have a right to expect full and fair financial compensation to cover both current and future medical costs and more. Considerably more involved than a back injury, spinal cord damage may require ongoing—perhaps lifelong—medical care.

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