Newport Beach Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Nearly 200,000 people suffer from a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year in the US. Most of these injuries are the result of an accident. Even though it is protected by the bony vertebrae of the spine, the spinal cord can suffer disastrous injury. Car accidents are the primary cause of all SCI’s, but other causes include acts of violence, falls, and sports accidents. If you have suffered a spinal injury, please contact our firm immediately and discuss your case with one of our spinal cord injury lawyers.
The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves that runs from the base of the brain and down the back. The vertebrae surrounding the fragile spinal cord are commonly referred to as the backbone. If the spinal vertebrae are fractured or broken, the spinal cord itself is compromised. An example is when the spinal vertebrae are compressed in a car accident. Spinal cord injuries may occur following the crash when the backbone is unable to support the nerve bundle. The severity of the injury depends on the location of the fracture.
In general, the nerves above the injury site continues to function normally, and those nerves located at or below the injury do not. The higher the location of the injury, the more severe the effects. A person may suffer from a complete injury when there is no feeling or voluntary movement on either side of the body or an incomplete injury when some sensation or partial movement is intact.
The precise effects of the SCI depend on the location and completeness of the injury. Usually, some swelling of the spinal cord immediately follows the injury and affects the entire body. Rarely does all functioning remain after a SCI, but as the swelling subsides, some function may be regained as the months go by. These functions include walking, blood pressure, body temperature, sexual function, bowel and bladder control, and pain levels.
Currently, there is no cure for the effects of spinal cord injuries. The main goal of treatment today is to prevent any further injury. Until science advances to a point where the damaged spinal cord nerves can be healed and regenerated, few options are available to those suffering from SCI’s.
An experienced spine injury attorney can help victims of SCI by employing the necessary experts to testify to the injuries claimed by the victim. If the damages are clearly articulated and losses are relentlessly defended to insurance companies and juries, your case has a much better shot at winning. An attorney who has previously represented a SCI victim knows the painful road he or she is on and will constantly be there for the victim throughout his or her lifetime rehabilitation. With offices in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, and San Diego Counties, The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV will represent you in any spinal cord injury case.
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