Nearly 1 in 50 people in the United States are living with paralysis. That equates to approximately 6 million people living with some form of paralysis across the country. Almost 1.3 million of these cases are caused by spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by some form of trauma, a sudden blow, or impact to the spine that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. Such an injury can have devastating effects that could impact a person's life forever.
The spinal cord is essentially a bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the brain down the back and is encased in the spine. This bundle of nerves may not seem too impressive at first, but the spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the human body. It connects all of the organs and limbs to the brain, thus allowing for much of the body's internal transmissions within the nervous system. Without the spinal cord, the brain would not be able to send out a signal telling your arm to move, or your lungs to breathe, or for your mouth to form words.
The spinal cord is extremely important to a body's functions and when it is damaged the symptoms can affect every area of the body. One of the most common results of a serious spinal cord injury is paralysis. There are many forms of paralysis based on the severity of the injury and it can range from a loss of sensation or minimal loss of movement all the way to complete loss of limb function. Paraplegia is the paralysis of the lower half of the body and quadriplegia is the paralysis of all four limbs. These are some of the most serious types of paralysis as they affect every part of a person's life.
Other health problems can also be associated with spinal cord injuries and may include bladder and bowel complications, inability to regulate blood pressure, reduced control of body temperature, chronic pain, and increased susceptibility to respiratory disease. The victims of spinal cord injuries also tend to have shorter lifespans.
Auto accidents are the most frequent cause of injury to the spine, accounting for nearly 47% of all spinal cord injuries. Falls come in second at 23%, followed by violent acts at 14% and sport accidents at 9%.
In some cases, the injury can be the fault of another person, like the driver of a car or truck, a defective product, neglected property, or any of a number of other circumstances. The loss of mobility and quality of life can be overwhelming. Loss of income, long-term medical treatments, therapy, and changes in lifestyle are stressful and debilitating for not only you but for your loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a spinal cord injury, it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is a trying time in all aspects of daily life and you need a lawyer that has the knowledge and skills necessary to help you find the financial support to put your life back together. Call Grabb & Durando. We will fight for your rights with compassion and determination to help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.