Humans use their spinal cords to do nearly any physical activity, which is why spinal cord injuries are so serious and can affect our abilities to do even the simplest things.
To understand how spinal cord injuries happen, it's important to know some basic information about the spinal cord and the spinal column.
The spinal cord is a jelly-like cord protected by a group of bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are organized into sections:
No two spinal cord injuries are the same, and there are several the spinal cord can experience trauma:
When the spinal cord is injured, the way it sends information to parts of the body is damaged. The nerves can't give signals to hands, feet, arms, legs, shoulders, etc. – depending on where the spinal cord injury occurred. A common result of a spinal cord injury is paraplegia (paralyzed from the waist down) or quadriplegia (paralyzed from the neck down). An injury to the cervical area typically leads to quadriplegia. The paralysis can be "complete" or "incomplete."
A person who suffered a spinal cord injury may have some feeling left and be able to control some movement to the body parts that were affected, or they may not.
The effects of a spinal cord injury can cause other medical complications as well:
If you, or someone you love, suffered a spinal cord injury, you know that it can affect nearly every part of your life.
You may not even be able to scratch your nose, while before the accident you may have lived a completely independent lifestyle.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've seen firsthand the devastation caused by spinal cord injuries. We have experience helping spinal cord injury victims get the money they need to pay their medical bills and future medical expenses, get adaptive devices for their home, and move on with their lives.
Call 1-866-943-3427 or fill out the form at the top right of this page for a free legal consultation. There's no obligation to use our services. You tell us what happened to cause your spinal cord injury, and we'll tell you if we think you have a case. Contact us now.