A severe spinal cord injury can be a devastating event for you and your loved ones. A spinal cord injury, or SCI, refers to damage to cells of the spinal cord or a severing of the delicate nerves that carry messages to and from the brain.
There are many different types of injuries which can be categorized as SCI, ranging from mild to debilitating. But because the spinal cord is a vulnerable part of the body, the majority of injuries tend to fall on the severe end of the spectrum. The spinal cord may endure bruising, compression due to pressure, tearing of the nerve fibers, and other types of damage.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by severe trauma such as a sudden blow to the spine which fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Often, this trauma results from:
In many instances, these injuries are caused by the negligent actions of another. Jacoby & Meyers can help you hold the negligent party responsible for your damages.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of a severe SCI can be life-altering and may include:
- Loss of sensation or reflexes
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Loss of breathing ability
Unfortunately, damage to your spinal cord is irreparable. In a good majority of accident cases involving severe SCI, prognosis may unfortunately be focused on long-term injury management rather than curing the condition.
Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Representation
A serious spinal cord injury can leave you and your loved ones feeling helpless. The prohibitive medical care costs related to these catastrophic injuries can be extremely overwhelming, even for affluent victims. For victims with more modest incomes, a spinal cord injury can be financially crippling for the entire family.
The experienced accident attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers aim to help your family recover from this tragedy by getting you the compensation you need. If your loved one is suffering from quadriplegia, paraplegia, or any other condition caused by a spinal cord injury, let Jacoby & Meyers fight to get you the financial means you need for ongoing care.