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Traumatic. Dangerous. Life-changing. All three of these terms can be applied to spinal cord injuries, which strike over 11,000 Americans each year. Spinal cord injury doesn't just hurt victims' bodies - it can change their way of life, disrupting earning power, family relations, future prospects, and mental health. And all too often, victims of spinal cord injuries don't fight back against the negligent party who caused their lasting injury.

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Affecting the Vertebrae

Spinal cord injuries affect the 26 vertebrae that make up the spinal cord, which houses part of the body's central nervous system and controls signals that are transmitted to and from the brain to cause movement and sensation. Spinal cord injuries can affect the lumbar, cervical, thoracic, and / or sacral vertebrae and are usually caused by a traumatic injury, such as:

  • Assault
  • Swimming accident
  • Shooting
  • Fall
  • Auto accident
  • Sports injury

Statistics show that males comprise more than 80% of spinal cord injury victims. Roughly half of the victims of spinal cord injury are 16 to 30 years old. Unfortunately, this means that young victims have a lifetime of side effects to endure. Spinal cord injury can cause everything from slight loss of motion to full-blown quadriplegia (loss of the use of the arms and legs).

What are the different types of spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries generally result from sharp or blunt impacts, or occur during incidents involving violent, jarring, or jolting forces. Whether an injury is mild or serious depends on the location and severity of the damage.

The following are the different types of spinal cord injury:

  • Cervical spinal cord injury - The upper region of the spinal cord corresponds to the back of the head, neck and shoulders, arms and hands, and diaphragm. Cervical injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in paralysis or weakness of all limbs (quadriplegia) for the victim. Other consequences of cervical injury include loss of physical sensation, respiratory problems, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Thoracic spinal cord injury - The mid region of the spinal cord corresponds to some of the back muscles and part of the abdomen. Damage to this region can lead to paralysis or weakness of the legs (paraplegia), loss of physical sensation, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction. Thoracic injuries generally do not affect the functioning of arms and hands.
  • Lumbar spinal cord injury - The second lowest region of the spinal cord corresponds to the lower abdomen and back, the buttocks, parts of the external genital organs, and parts of the leg. Damage to this region can result in paralysis or weakness of the legs (paraplegia), loss of physical sensation, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Sacral spinal cord injury - The lowest region of the spinal cord corresponds to the thighs and lower parts of the legs, the feet, and genital organs. Damage to this region can cause bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction. Weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs is also a possibility.

Recovering from Spinal Trauma

Because the spinal cord is such a delicate part of the human anatomy, it's hard to predict recovery times for spinal cord injury. However, factors such as age, type of injury, severity, and pre-existing conditions can affect the outcome of a spinal cord injury. Specialized medical care is always required with a spinal cord injury, with treatment options ranging from rehabilitation to surgery to medication and beyond. Spinal injury victims tend to require medical services from professionals in every specialty from neurology to occupational therapy, psychology to social work.

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The circumstances and symptoms detailing a spinal cord injury vary from victim to victim. What doesn't change is a person's right to expect a standard of care from others that protects them from spinal cord injury. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury due to a person's negligence (purposeful or non-purposeful neglect of a reasonable duty toward others), you could be eligible for a substantial financial reward that helps pay for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, and things like vocational rehabilitation.

Our San Jose spinal cord injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have recovered millions of dollars for the victims of spinal cord injury. We pride ourselves on professional service and justice for all. Interested in a free consultation? Call today for more information on whether you might have a valid spinal cord injury lawsuit.

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