A spinal cord injury is a life-changing event. Suddenly having a disability can be frightening and confusing. You will probably have concerns about how your injury may affect your lifestyle, your relationships, and your financial situation. The costs of a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, the experienced spinal cord injury attorneys at The Mabrey Firm are ready to help you.
Causes of spinal cord injury
A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are:
Motor Vehicle Accidents – Auto 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 – Spinal cord injury after age 65 is often caused by a fall and frequently seen in cases involving Nursing Home Negligence. Overall, falls account for more than 25 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
Acts of Violence – As many as 15 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violent encounters involving gunshot and knife wounds severing the spinal cord.
Sports and recreation injuries – Impact sports and diving in shallow water account for approximately 8 percent of all spinal injuries.
Emergency signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury
Emergency signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury after an accident may include:
- Weakness, lack of coordination or paralysis in any part of your body
- Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck, head or back
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Impaired breathing
Anyone who experiences significant head or neck trauma following an accident should seek immediate medical evaluation for the possibility of a spinal injury. In fact, treatment for a spinal cord injury should begin at the scene of the accident. The time between initial injury and medical treatment can be critical in determining the extent of complications and how to properly treat them.
Treatment for spinal cord injuries
Many scientists are optimistic that advances in stem cell research and nerve cell regeneration will someday make repair of spinal cord injuries possible. In the meantime, treatment for spinal cord injury focuses on extensive rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, nutritional therapy, medications, technology that aids with mobility and independence, and ongoing monitoring by physicians.
Our Atlanta spinal cord injury attorneys will assist you on your road to recovery.
Our goal at The Mabrey Firm is to help you return to an active, productive and independent life by steadfastly pursuing full compensation for your spinal cord injury. While we remain hopeful about the future of spinal cord research, we are committed to helping you live your life to the fullest today.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of spinal cord injury caused by the negligence of another, contact us today for your free case evaluation.