Spinal injuries are some of the most serious conditions that our clients experience, and we’re called upon to seek recovery for those devastating injuries all too often.
A spinal injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. This can cause changes in sensation, strength, and body function below the location of the injury. A particularly sad fact is that human nerve cells do not heal or regrow after an injury. This means that, almost always, the effects of a spinal injuries will be permanent.
Signs of a Damaged Spinal Cord
Sometimes spinal injuries result in various forms of paralysis. Quadriplegia or tetraplegia is loss of feeling and motor function in the arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Paraplegia, usually caused by injury to the lower spine, will affect all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.
Some of the symptoms and signs of spinal injuries can be the following:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
- Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs
Needless to say, a spinal injury is very serious. And if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury as a result of someone else’s fault in a traffic accident, in a trip or fall, at work, or due to medical malpractice, you may have the right to a financial recovery. If you believe that you have a spinal injury case, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Holland & Usry at 864.582.0416 or toll-free at 888.230.1841 for a free and confidential consultation.