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Spinal Cord Injury: Causes, Symptoms, Compensation

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Many spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are caused by accidents due to the negligence of others, and in such cases victims are entitled to monetary damages. This is primarily due to the fact that these injuries are very serious, and even minor damage to one’s spine can lead to harsh consequences. Severe damage can cause lasting health problems, permanent paralysis, and even death. A skillful Miami personal injury attorney can help victims file a spinal cord injury compensation claim and ensure they get the compensation they deserve.

Common Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury

According to a report by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center the majority of SCIs were caused by vehicular/automobile accidents at 38 percent. Other top causes include falls (30.5%), violence (13.5%), sports injury (9%), and medical/surgical complications (5%). Accidents often involve road collisions affecting vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, gun shot and knife wounds, diving in shallow water, medical errors, and falling objects common at construction sites.

Signs and Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury

While some symptoms of a spinal cord injury are noticeable immediately after an accident occurs, some symptoms are not obvious until later. Regardless of when an injured person notices the symptoms and recognizes the injury, he or she should seek medical attention right away. Below are the common signs and symptoms of SCIs.

    • Pain — Extreme pain, pressure, or an intense burning sensation felt in the back, neck, and/or head.
    • Lack or Loss of Coordination and Movement — Difficulty with balancing and/or walking as well as weakness in or inability to move legs, arms, and/or the extremities.
    • Reduced or Loss of Sensory Functions — Inability to feel heat, cold, pressure, and/or touch as well as numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the extremities.
    • Loss of Control Over Bladder or Bowel Functions — Resulting in constipation, incontinence, urinary tract infections, bladder spasms, bladder infections, and/or kidney or bladder stones.
    • Muscle Irregularities — Problems with muscle control such as spasticity (continuously contracted muscles) and muscle spasms.
    • Breathing Problems — Impaired breathing or difficulty with coughing.
    • Impaired Sexual Functions
    • Abnormally Positioned or Twisted Neck or Back

Different symptoms and health problems can result depending on where on the spinal cord the injury was inflicted.

    • Cervical (neck) area damage is considered the most dangerous as it can lead to life-threatening effects such as inability to breath independently, partial paralysis (Paraplegia), or complete paralysis (Tetraplegia).
    • Thoracic (chest) injury typically affects one or both legs, but it can also lead to blood pressure problems, excessive sweating, and difficulty with maintaining normal body temperature.
    • Lumbar (lower back) injury typically affects the legs and may cause problems with bladder and bowel control.

If you or a loved one suffered or continues to suffer from a spinal cord injury, consult with a seasoned Miami personal injury attorney. The legal professionals at Graham Legal will work closely with you to analyze the details of your case and file the appropriate spinal cord injury compensation claim.

Whether your spinal cord injury was caused by negligence or a defective product, our Miami personal injury attorneys will fight to ensure you receive proper compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.

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