We’ve all suffered injuries from time to time. While cuts and bruises may be the most common injuries, some of us have suffered broken bones, concussions, burns, and other serious injuries. One serious injury you want to avoid is a spine injury.
A spine injury can happen from a sudden blow to the spine, such as from a car accident. Spine injuries are debilitating injuries that rarely result in recovery. Those with spine injuries tend to suffer damages for the rest of their lives. You’ll likely experience permanent changes in bodily functions, strength, and sensation.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by a third party’s negligence, seek legal help right away. These injuries require extensive lifelong treatment, which can be costly—maybe even seven figures. You’ll need help from the Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Spine Injury
A spine injury is often caused by trauma, such as:
- Car accidents
- Sports accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Knife wound or gunshot
- Medical conditions, such as infection or cancer
Signs and Symptoms
Your symptoms will depend on whether you have a complete (no sensation below the injury) or incomplete (some sensation below the injury) spinal cord injury. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Stinging sensation caused by nerve damage
- Difficulty coughing or breathing
What is the Prognosis?
The prognosis of a spinal cord injury depends on primarily the severity of the injury as well as the location. Injuries in the neck and lower back have a higher chance of recovery than those in the mid-back. That’s because nerve damage in this area is harder to identify. This means early diagnosis is almost impossible.
Those who suffer a spinal cord injury will typically regain most of their nerve function within the first six months of recovery. However, it is possible to regain function as much as five years later.
The prognosis is also based on the severity of the injury, which is given a letter grade from A to E by the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI). A is the most severe, while E is the least severe. Those with spinal injuries rated as an A have a 5% chance of being able to walk again after one year. Those with a C, D, or E rating have a much higher chance of walking again, as there is still some motor function below the level of injury.
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Spinal cord injuries can be debilitating. Most are long-term, causing limited mobility, paralysis, and other medical issues for life.
Spinal cord injuries can also be costly to treat. In some cases, they can cost millions of dollars. Get the compensation you need from the Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell. We’ll work aggressively to get you the best outcome. Schedule a free consultation by filling out the online form or calling (877) 215-6111.