What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury consists of any severe damage directly to the spinal, which contains a cluster of nerves inside the spinal column (backbone) that transmits messages between the brain and body. Any serious blow administered to the spinal cord may lead to partial or full loss of motor control and sensation, typically causing paralysis in either the lower extremities of the body or in all four limbs.
Common causes of spinal cord injury are the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Acts of violence
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Industrial accidents
Complications Relating to Spinal Cord Injury
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), around 12,500 new spinal cord injury cases occur in the United States every year. When an individual suffers a spinal cord injury, complications arise regarding normal body functions.
Complications from spinal cord injuries include:
- Skin sensation – loss of part of all of feeling on your skin, it hinders the ability to send messages to the brain when prolonged pressure, heat or cold occurs
- Bowel control – While the stomach and intestines may function normally, the control of your bowel movements may be altered
- Circulatory control – Ranges from low blood pressure when you rise to swelling of your extremities, resulting in an increased risk of developing blood clots
- Bladder control – Your brain may not be able to control your bladder due to damaged nerves in the spinal cord which sends messages to the brain
- Respiratory system – A severe spinal injury can make it difficult to cough or breathe if your abdominal and chest muscles are affected
- Pain – Muscle or joint pain derived from overuse of a particular muscle group, as well as nerve pain can occur after a spinal cord injury
- Depression – Coping with all of the changes associated with a spinal cord injury and living iwht it can cause some people to experience depression
Recovering Compensation on Behalf of Our Clients
Dealing with a spinal cord injury on a daily basis, especially if the damage is considered permanent, can be overwhelming, excruciating and frustrating. At Band Gates & Dramis, our Sarasota personal injury attorneys are dedicated to pursuing justice and compensation for our clients against the negligent actions caused by another party.
For a free initial consultation, contact our firm for more information.