What is a spinal cord injury?

To understand a spinal cord injury, you should be aware of certain details about the spinal anatomy. The spinal cord is a long, thin bundle of nerves that extends from the base of your brain down the middle of your back to slightly above your waist. If you suffer any type of trauma to the spinal cord, it will prevent the bundle of nerves from operating properly. It may cause a complete or incomplete loss of feeling or/and function in the parts of the body and may even cause paralysis. According to a study done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, approximately 12,000 people per year survive accidents with some form of spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injury from Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most common types of injury that may cause spinal cord damages, in some cases, it can occur immediately and can be diagnosed at an emergency room. In other cases, there are no obvious signs of immediate damages to the spinal cord but a serious diagnosis reveals damage weeks or even months after the crash.

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Results of Spinal Cord Injury

The damage done from a spinal cord injury can be very serious at any level and can cause one or more of the following:

  • Extreme pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling in toes, fingers, limbs
  • Loss of feeling or function
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Paralysis

These physical damages may cause additional health problems. In many cases, surgery might be required, future medical care and possibly assistance with your daily activities. Care for a spinal cord injury can be extremely expensive but crucial to the chances of recovery.

Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Anaheim

Do not hesitate to speak with our accomplished Anaheim spinal cord injury attorneys as soon as possible. In many cases, you will only have a limited amount of time in which to pursue legal action against the liable party.


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