The spinal cord is the thick cluster of nerves extending from the brain down through the spinal column. The spinal cord’s nerves connect to all other areas of the body and send messages back and forth between the brain and body. The spinal cord allows the brain to control every conscious and unconscious bodily function, from movement and walking to bowel function and breathing. Although the spinal cord affects the entire body, it does not possess the same self-healing ability as the rest of the body. Almost any damage to the spinal cord is permanent.
After a spinal cord injury, the recovery period and long-term effects will vary on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the severity of the wound, whether it was a complete or incomplete injury, and the location of the wound on the spine, victims will experience varying effects including loss of touch sensation, loss of motor function, paralysis, and more. The economic fallout and emotional damage of such an injury can be devastating, so contact Kaufman Law, P.C. in Roswell, GA, for more information about spinal injury claims.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
An incomplete spinal cord injury is one that does not completely sever the spinal cord. Depending on the extent of the damage, the victim of an incomplete spinal cord injury can expect a loss of sensation in the affected areas as well as reduced motor function. Some people experience more sensory loss but retain more function, while others are the opposite. In some cases, the victim of an incomplete spinal cord injury can recover a degree of mobility and function with physical therapy or medical devices such as wheelchairs, braces, or crutches.
A complete spinal cord injury completely severs the spinal cord. This affects all parts of the body managed by the now-detached portion of the cord. The victim will lose motor functions and control over bodily functions in the affected area. The extent of the damage for both incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries depends on the location of the injury. An injury higher on the spine will have more dramatic consequences than one lower on the spine. A complete injury to the lower lumbar area will likely render the victim paralyzed everywhere below the injury site. An incomplete wound higher on the spine may complicate more parts of the body, but the victim will likely retain some degree of function and sensation.
Filing a Lawsuit for a Spinal Cord Injury
If a spinal cord injury occurs due to negligence, such as in a car accident with a drunk driver, a workplace fall due to a damaged scaffold, or a premises liability violation, the injured victim can seek compensation for his or her damages through a personal injury claim. To win this type of case, the plaintiff’s attorney must prove that the defendant was negligent, and his or her negligence directly caused the plaintiff’s spinal cord injury.
At Kaufman Law, P.C., our attorneys understand how catastrophic spinal cord injuries are for victims and their families. When these injuries happen due to negligence, we can help hold the responsible parties accountable and secure compensation for our clients’ damages. We have more than 40 years’ experience handling personal injury cases in Roswell and throughout Georgia, so let us put that experience to work for you. Contact our team today to schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll review your claim and let you know what type of compensation to expect from a lawsuit.