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Spinal cord injuries fall under the category of “catastrophic” injuries. This moniker is a very appropriate description of the incredible pain and suffering that victims face after suffering major damage to the spine.
Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most severe and debilitating injuries a person can suffer. The consequences often last throughout the rest of a victim’s life. These injuries can occur in a variety of ways, though there are a few common causes of spinal cord damage.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligent behavior of another person, you might be able to receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. The spinal cord injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks are here to help you along the way. We will make sure that the person who caused your injury is held responsible for the burden they have placed on you and your loved ones.
Spinal cord injuries are classified in two types – complete and incomplete. When a spinal cord injury is complete, this means that the spine can no longer send signals below the location of the injury, while with incomplete spinal cord injuries there is some movement and feeling below the injury, though it might still be inhibited.
Spinal cord damage can occur in any or all four parts of the cord – the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest), lumbar (lower back) and sacral (pelvis) regions. When paralysis is present, neurologists can often identify the region of the injury by determining where the paralysis begins.
Spinal cord injuries can result in total or partial paralysis for victims. The costs to those who suffer these terrible injuries cannot be overstated. Victims typically face millions of dollars over the course of their lives for treatment and ongoing care. Additionally, victims also experience a loss of work capacity, strained relationships, depression and a decrease in their quality of life.
Sufferers may also face:
A number of spinal cord injuries occur as the result of major car accidents. The blunt force of an impact with another vehicle or against a stationary object can lead to fractures in the spine, resulting in many of the symptoms listed above.
Workplace spinal cord injuries can be the result of falls, impact against an object or from heavy lifting. Jobs that include manual labor can be especially dangerous for workers. This includes construction, manufacturing, oil and gas extraction and agriculture jobs. As is the case with so many workplace injuries, spinal cord injuries suffered on the job frequently occur due to unsafe work environments.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation for the damages you’ve encountered due to your injury. The spinal cord injury lawyers at Guajardo & Marks have years of experience in these types of cases, and we will work to make sure that you don’t have to shoulder the costs for another person’s mistakes. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.