A blow to the spinal cord can cause serious, life-altering injuries. Many of these cases are caused by careless driving, medical negligence, and other preventable errors.
The spinal cord is one of the most complex parts of the human body. It’s also one of the most vulnerable.
The spinal cord is a large bundle of nerves traveling from the brain down through the middle of the back, housed inside the spinal column.
These nerves are responsible for communicating signals between your brain and the rest of your body, which means an injury poses a threat to your brain’s ability to control your other body parts.
Accordingly, a spinal cord injury can cause loss of movement, paralysis, and/or severe pain. It may also cause problems with your nervous system, including muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, loss of sensation, exaggerated reflexes, changes in sexual function, loss of bladder or bowel control, and a variety of other serious issues.
Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are frequently associated with:
- Auto accidents
- Surgical errors
- Recreational sporting accidents/school sport injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Assault and battery (including domestic assault)
- Gunshot, stabbing, and other acts of violence
- A sudden and traumatic blow to the head, neck, back, or spine
These are only a few of the most common spinal cord injury causes. In some cases, spinal cord injury may arise as a result of disease, including cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation, spinal disk degeneration, or certain bacterial or viral infections.
Experts have also found a correlation between spinal cord injury and the use of alcohol, though alcohol itself does not directly damage the spine. Rather, humans abusing alcohol are more likely to cause accidents that injure the spinal cord. Drunk drivers, for example, are more likely to cause an auto accident that will lead to a spinal cord injury.
Indeed, auto accidents remain the leading cause of spinal cord injury, accounting for nearly half of all new spine injuries in the United States every year.
Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Options
Unfortunately, spinal cord injury is irreversible. Nevertheless, victims face staggering medical costs for years to come, which may include intensive or around-the-clock care.
From physical therapy to pain management, prosthetics, and treatments designed to prevent further injury, people with a spinal cord injury may need some sort of medical treatment for the rest of their life.
Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury
Because there is no way to reverse spinal cord injuries, many are permanent. However, some people do experience significant improvement over the course of months or years.
Most patients who experience a substantial recovery make their most significant improvements during the first six months after an accident.
Modern technology has brought about a number of devices and techniques designed to help people with spinal cord injuries learn new ways to live fulfilling lives.
As with the medical treatments themselves, these devices and techniques come at a cost. The victims of spinal cord injury often face extraordinary financial damages after an accident.
If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence (carelessness) or wrongdoing, the victim may be entitled to recover financial compensation to cover those losses. Many such accidents are covered under one or more insurance policies, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the injury.
Talk to an Indianapolis Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer at Doehrman Buba
No one who suffers a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence should be asked to cover the costs of recovery themselves.
If you or someone you love has been severely injured as a result of an auto accident, a surgical error, or a dangerous condition in the workplace or a place of business — or in any other type of accident — you may be entitled to a substantial financial recovery under the laws of our state.
Before you accept a settlement offer from a hospital, property owner, employer, or insurance company, we urge you to contact our office to talk about your options with an experienced Indianapolis spinal cord injury lawyer.
We will not charge you a fee unless we are successful in recovering compensation for your claim. To learn more, please contact Doehrman Buba and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.