4 questions you may have about spinal cord injuries
Walking, running, jumping or even going to the bathroom on your own may be actions that you take for granted. Of course, many other Florida residents certainly do not think twice about their abilities to complete certain actions in the course of their everyday activities. However, you may find yourself with a different viewpoint if you suffer a serious injury that impacts your abilities.
Spinal cord injuries can easily result in limited or complete loss of certain physical abilities and other serious impacts. Though you may not have ever thought you would suffer this type of injury, it could happen to anyone. If it has recently happened to you, you may have many questions about your injury and options.
What is a spinal cord injury?
When the spinal cord suffers an injury, it typically results from pinching or tearing. As a result, the spinal cord’s ability to send messages to other parts of the body through the associated nerves decreases or fails altogether. This problem means that your sensory, motor and reflex functions may suffer because messages from the brain cannot make it through the damage of the spinal cord.
Typically, when an injury occurs high on the spinal cord, you will suffer more problems. However, the exact nature and severity of your particular injury will determine how much dysfunction you may suffer.
What causes spinal cord injuries?
Spinal cord injuries could result from traumatic or non-traumatic events. Some common traumatic events include:
- Car accidents
- Contact sports injuries
- Violent encounters
Commonly, spinal cord injuries occur due to individuals participating in risky behavior. Most people who suffer this type of injury fall into the age range of 16 to 30.
Certain non-traumatic factors that could lead to spinal cord damage include cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord inflammation.
What are the effects of a spinal cord injury?
As mentioned, damage to the spinal cord could result in your brain and nervous system losing the ability to fully communicate. As a result, you could experience issues such as:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
You may not entirely lose certain abilities, but you could see a considerably reduced range of motion or control.
What are your legal options?
If your spinal cord injury resulted from a car accident or other event caused by someone else’s negligence, you may want legal grounds for filing a personal injury claim. This type of claim could help you seek compensation for your injuries and other damages permitted under state law.
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