Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Serving Paintsville & Ashland
Any damage to the spinal cord can be debilitating. Whether the injury is to the nerves, bones, or surrounding soft tissue, medical treatment costs are very high. In most cases of nerve damage, there is little that even the best doctor can do, aside from diagnosing the problem and preventing further damage.
Spinal Cord Injury Causes
Most spinal cord injuries are caused by falls and car accidents, particularly those involving tractor-trailers. Falls are most commonly seen in individuals over 65 and account for over a quarter of all new spinal cord injuries. However, anyone can suffer damage if they fall a significant distance or land wrong. Car accidents account for over 35% of new spinal cord injuries. The forces involved in a car accident put a great deal of strain on the human body, particularly when the vehicles are of different sizes. These injuries are common in motorcycle and truck accidents, where one vehicle significantly outweighs the other.
Spinal cord injuries may not be diagnosed until after significant damage has been done, and sometimes the injuries go through several stages. While severe damage may be caught more quickly, even a mild injury can have negative consequences if it is not noticed in time. If there is any question about whether someone has suffered a spinal cord injury, it needs to be assumed. Allow trained medical practitioners acting with complete information to make the final call. The risk of misdiagnosis leading to further damage is too high to act on incomplete information.
Quadriplegia is the most severe effect a spinal cord injury can have. This impacts the sense of touch as well as motor impulses and organ function. Complete quadriplegia means no sense of touch, a lack of movement, and a decline in organ function. Paraplegia is slightly less severe, only affecting part of the trunk and the legs, but it is still a debilitating condition.
Any spinal cord injury may cause loss of movement or sensation. In some cases, this results from swelling that puts pressure on the nerves. In others, it derives from damage to the nerves themselves. These injuries can also cause difficulties with organ function, whether it is a loss of bladder control or difficulty breathing. Sometimes, spinal cord injuries cause sexual dysfunction. In many cases they cause pain.
Unless the injury is only to the surrounding soft tissue, there will be permanent effects. Bone damage rarely heals cleanly, and nerve damage never heals at all. While everyone hopes for a new treatment that will help regenerate neural tissue, there is currently nothing that can be done.
Recovering From Spinal Cord Injuries
Recovery from a spinal cord injury is a prolonged process. If there is nerve damage, the focus shifts from treatment to training. The patient is taught how to cope with the changes in body and functioning. This takes months. Quadriplegics will never be able to transition to self-care.
Severe bone injuries require surgery to correct, and even minor ones usually incapacitate the sufferer for weeks or months. Soft tissue damage does not always need surgical correction, but is similarly debilitating. All spinal cord injuries require frequent medical assessment to ensure complete recovery. Sometimes these damages never completely heal.
The aftermath of a spinal cord injury is often one of physical, emotional, and financial hardship. Following a tragedy caused by another person’s actions or negligence, those living in Easter Kentucky should contact Salyer Law to help with financial compensation. We can help you review the causes that led to your spinal cord injury. We also look for any medical negligence that may have increased the event’s severity by examining the records, accident reports, and available evidence. Salyer Law may not be able to get your life back to what it was, but we can work to ensure your financial needs are met.