What are Spinal Cord Injuries?
A spinal cord injury can be described as damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves within the spinal cord. Sustaining a spinal cord injury can have devastating effects. Not only can a spinal cord injury lead to a lifetime of medical complications, but it can also impose financial burdens for both the victim and their family. Here’s what you need to know about this catastrophic injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Under personal injury law, spinal cord injuries can be categorized as a “catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury is one that is life-altering and/or life-threatening. There are two types of spinal cord injuries:
Complete - a complete spinal cord injury means that a person has no sensory and motor functions below the level of injury.
Incomplete - an incomplete spinal cord injury means that a person has some sensory and motor functions below the level of injury, but not entirely working correctly.
Accidents That May Cause Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can happen under any circumstance. However, the most common accidents that can result in a spinal cord injury may include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Assault and other acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Recreational accidents
- Industrial work accidents
According to Mayo Clinic, alcohol consumption is a factor in about one in every four spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries may also be caused by illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, and other types of conditions that cause inflammation.
When You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Not knowing what to do after a spinal cord injury can be unsettling when you aren’t sure of your legal rights.
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 life-altering burdens that a spinal cord injury can have on you both physically and financially. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.