Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
It goes without saying that an injury to the spinal cord is a serious one — and it can pose a lifetime of medical problems and financial burdens for the victim and their family. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party, understanding the long-term effects of a spinal cord injury and your rights under personal injury law can help you stay protected.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be categorized as “complete” or “incomplete.”
A complete spinal cord injury happens when a person has no sensory and motor functions below the level of injury.
An incomplete spinal cord injury happens when a person has some sensory and motor functions below the level of injury and is not properly functioning.
The Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
The long-term effects of a spinal cord injury can be severe and devastating — especially when victims aren’t able to live the quality of life that they have been used to. Not only can this cause physical limitations, but it can also take a toll on a person’s mental health. People who have suffered a spinal cord injury may be subjected to the following life-long problems:
- Loss of bowel control and/or bladder control
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of sexual function
- Chronic pain
In addition to the above, other devastating effects can include paralyzation. When someone is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury, the result of that injury may be referred to as the following:
Tetraplegia - this may also be referred to as quadriplegia. A person with tetraplegia has all of the following body parts affected by the spinal cord injury:
- Pelvic organs
Paraplegia - this type of paralysis may affect all or part of the following body parts:
- Pelvic organs
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
The aftermath of a spinal cord injury is not only stressful but can have lifelong effects on both the victim’s physical and mental health.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury due to negligence, our Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys are here to help. At Bandas Law Firm, we understand the physical and financial burdens that a spinal cord injury can have on someone’s life. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.