Your spinal cord, along with your brain, make up your body’s nervous system. The spinal cord sends impulses to all parts of your body, which is what allows you to move. With a spinal cord injury, this connection can be lost; you can lose movement in certain portionsof your body, loss of sensation, and/ or have chronic disorientation pain.Spinal cord injuries can happen in a number of ways, including work related injuries, slip and fall related accidents and car accidents. Some examples include a construction worker falling off a ladder on the job, a child diving head first into a swimming pool, or an auto accident that causes the driver to be thrown from the vehicle. The spinal cord has protection around it, known as the backbone; however, this protection can only do so much, and sometimes can cause harm, such as a fracture, where the bone is damaged and even dislocated, causing it to push on the nerve.
Common Types of Spinal Injuries
There are many types of injuries that include the spinal column, some of them include:
- Severed spinal cord
- Spinal contusions
- Loss of sensation in ligaments
- Partial nervous system damage
- Fractures (flexion, extension, rotation)
- Vertebral subluxation
The emotional and financial costs of an injury such as the ones listed above can be extensive. Rehabilitation is usually necessary as is time off work or the inability to do work related tasks, especially for those who work in a more labor intensive field. Additionally ongoing medical expenses are incurred. If a family member becomes disabled due to a spinal or back injury, they will have current and future medical expenses, and even the inability to work if a person becomes permanently disabled. These costs can be very burdensome on family members and loved ones. We will work to make sure your family is taken care of in your time of need by the individuals who are responsible for your injuries due to their negligence.