A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, which often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the area of the injury.
It is estimated that between 12,000 and 20,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States every year. Over two-thirds of those spinal cord injuries are caused by automobile accidents and falls. An injury victim who suffers a severe spinal cord injury can incur millions of dollars in medical and other costs over their lifetime, in addition to the emotional trauma of suffering paralysis and other permanent disabilities.
Spinal cord trauma is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to reduce the long-term effects. The period between the injury and the treatment is a critical factor – affecting the eventual outcome.
Your doctor may give you medication, such as corticosteroids, which is used to reduce swelling that may damage the spinal cord. If spinal cord compression is caused by a mass, such as a hematoma, that can be removed before there is total destruction of the nerves of the spine. If there is paralysis involved, it may be reduced or relieved. In most cases, corticosteroids are started immediately after the injury occurs.
Bed rest is also an option, which is needed to allow the bones of the spine, which bears most of the weight of the body, to heal.
Another option is traction, which is used to reduce dislocation and/or immobilization of the spine. The skull may also be immobilized with metal braces placed in the skull and attached to traction weights or to a harness on the body.
Surgery may be necessary if all else fails. During the surgery, fluid or tissue that presses on the spinal cord is removed. In addition, surgery may be needed to remove bone fragments, disc fragments or foreign objects in order to stabilize fractured vertebrae. This is accomplished by fusion of the bones or insertion of hardware. Once the acute injury heals, extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitation interventions are often required.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney can help. We have experience defending the rights of serious personal injury victims and their families. We understand how a spinal cord injuries can cause the victims future to be completely changed all because of the permanent damage these injuries at times have, we will work to all our potential to ensure we serve justice for you and your family.
The experience of our lawyers at Welebir | Tierney can ensure that we handle your case properly. Understanding the defense and their tactics is a part of our business, and we know the methods that they will try to use to defend their clients. We can offer our experience and expert guidance to make sure that we present the facts of the case and show the true reason for your injury. Contact our firm we offer a free no obligation consultation, discuss your case and we can provide you will all the options available to you.