When the spinal cord is damaged, the brain is unable to properly communicate through the nervous system, often leading to paralysis, pain, and other medical complications. If certain areas of the spinal cord become pinched or compressed, the body may face a wider range of symptoms, from tingling sensations to lack of control over the bladder.
Trauma to the spine can be caused by a virtually unlimited number of situations, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, or workplace incidents. In a single moment, an otherwise strong and healthy person may be facing lifelong paralysis or other severe medical complications. X-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s can be used to determine the extent and location of the damage incurred, so that doctors can develop a diagnosis.
Spinal cord damage can include a number of situations, such as:
- Cauda equina syndrome, which occurs when the spinal cord is compressed due to an injury, swelling, or a build up of fluids, increases in severity based on how long the spinal cord is compressed. Even the span of a few hours can mean the difference between full recovery and paralysis. Effects can include numbness, loss of bladder control, paralysis, and chronic pain.
- Dislocation of vertebrae usually occurs due to a sudden impact to the head or neck and can cause spinal cord injuries.
- Misalignment/subluxation of vertebrae refers to vertebrae that have become partially detached or misaligned, and can potentially damage the spinal cord.
Although some damage to the spinal cord may be permanent and lead to lifelong difficulties, surgical repair may alleviate some symptoms. Treatment options for spinal cord injuries can include surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and medications such as corticosteroids or muscle relaxants.
Due to the severe nature of spinal cord damage, the costs of diagnosis and treatment can place enormous financial burdens on the patient and their family. Long-term care is commonly needed, which can require years of expensive treatment. In addition to the cost of hospital visits, tests, and medication, an individual may lose their ability to earn an income and may require long-term care.
Texas Attorney for Spinal Cord Injuries
If you or a loved one has received a spinal cord injury due to the negligent actions of another party, The Gutierrez Law Firm may be able to help you seek out compensation for your damages. Our injury attorneys have guided clients through a wide range of situations, and we can use our extensive legal knowledge and trial experience to help you get what you deserve.