Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and life-changing events that can result in long-term disabilities, significant medical expenses, and emotional trauma.
There are a number of ways spinal cord injuries can occur, such as car accidents, workplace accidents, medical negligence, recreational accidents, or acts of violence. For those who have been unfortunate enough to suffer a spinal cord injury, pursuing your injury claim can be a vital step in obtaining financial compensation you need to assist you in moving forward with your life. There are also insurance claims relating to spinal injuries that require legal assistance.
The spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the central nervous system, connecting the brain with the rest of your body. When the spinal cord is damaged, a partial or complete loss of motor and sensory functions can occur.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are usually divided into two categories: a complete and an incomplete injury. Complete spinal cord injuries are usually defined by a complete loss of function below the site of injury to the spinal cord. Incomplete spinal cord injuries are those where there is some function, feeling or sensation retained after the injury.
The impact of a spinal cord injury usually depends on where the injury occurs and how severe the injury is. For example, paraplegia is the impairment or paralysis of lower limbs only and usually results in a spinal cord injury to the thoracic, lumbar or sacral regions of the spine. In comparison, quadriplegia is the impairment or paralysis of all limbs and body and is caused by a spinal cord injury at the cervical region of the spine, located at the neck.
Results of Spinal Cord Injuries
Common results of spinal cord injuries are:
- Weakness in the use of limbs and ambulation
- Chronic pain
- Nerve Pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Change or loss to sexual function
- Numbness or tingling
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
Spinal Cord injuries require significant medical care, rehabilitation, and ongoing support to help victims get to a place where they can live life independently. Often this requires a lawsuit against the person or entity that caused the spinal cord injury, or against insurance companies who deny rightful coverage.
Yukon Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with spinal injury claims and will work hard to ensure you get a fair deal. Contact our lawyers today for a free consultation.