Spinal cord injuries can be among the most life-threatening injuries caused by an auto accident. Our spinal cords carry vital and sensitive nerves that act as messengers along the “communication highway” that runs between our brain and the rest of our body. As a result, traumatic injuries to your spinal cord region can mean chronic pain, loss of control of bodily functions, loss of sensation, numbness, impaired movement, and even complete paralysis. These injuries often require long-term physical care and therapy, and the expenses can add up. An experienced auto accident lawyer will fight to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries to the maximum amount allowed under law.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Injury
Injuries that result in an accident victim losing both the feeling and the ability to move his or her body below the area where the spinal trauma has occurred is called a “complete” spinal cord injury. When an individual still has some feeling and movement in the region below the impacted region, it is known as an “incomplete” spinal injury. It is crucial to seek immediate medical treatment after being injured in an accident if you suspect any chance of spinal injury. Should your loved one have suffered a potential spinal cord injury, do not move them unless it is necessary to get them out of harm’s way. The slightest movement may exacerbate the injury.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of:
• Car or auto accidents
• Motorcycle crashes
• Extreme whiplash or twisting of your torso region
• Slip-and-fall accidents
• Falls that result in landing on your head
This list is not exhaustive. If you have suffered any serious injury to your head or neck as a result of someone else’s negligence, California law is on your side. Because these types of injuries can require long-term and expensive treatment and/or rehabilitation, wheel chairs, orthopedic beds, specialized furniture, or long-term treatment facilities you need to reach out to an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you get the financial compensation your injuries deserve.
Serious spinal injuries can require long-term, expensive care, which many insurance policies may fail to completely cover. Often, even your own insurance company is not on your side, as it is focused on its bottom line. To ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve, and that your medical and long term expenses are covered, reach out to aggressive accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today for a complimentary consultation.