When the vertebrae and discs are crushed or displaced, they are no longer protecting the central nervous system in the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the nerves that carry signals to and from the brain.
The location of the injury determines what part of the body is damaged.
- Cervical injury: a neck injury to the nerves that control the back of the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. A severe cervical spine injury paralyzes most of the body (tetraplegia).
- Thoracic injury: a spinal cord injury in the upper-mid back, affecting spinal nerves that control the chest, organs and circulatory system. Severe thoracic spine injuries result in paralysis of the lower body (paraplegia).
- Lumbar injury: a lower back injury affecting nerves that control the abdominal area and parts of the back and legs.
- Sacral injury: the lowest section of the spine, where an injury can affect nerves to the thighs, feet and genitals.
A spinal cord injury can be complete, which means the person has no motor or sensory function in the sacral segments. Any function below the neurological level is lost.
Or, a spinal cord injury can be incomplete, which mean a person retains some sensation or movement below the level of the injury.
Focus on health and recovery.
Lifetime healthcare costs for living with a spinal cord injury are very high. Without the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer, it is very unlikely that the injured person will get sufficient compensation.
Be proactive: get an advocate on your side.
Spinal cord injuries are overwhelming for victims and their families. An experienced attorney can investigate who is at fault for the injury, handle insurance claims, and work with medical experts who can help spinal cord injury survivors plan for a different kind of life.
With help on your side, you can focus your energy on healing and caring for yourself.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio has helped many survivors of spinal cord injuries. He has worked extensively with the medical experts in this field, and understands the unique life challenges.
Speak with Coluccio Law about your options.
Proper medical care is essential, and a good rehabilitation center can make a huge difference. But most people who survive a traumatic injury also experience psychological or emotional issues.
These organizations, as well as others, help people understand their injuries and provide support as injured people rebuild their lives.