Damage done to the spinal cord can result in a multitude of complications, with one being paralysis. Paralysis may occur below the injured area as the nerves are no longer able to communicate with the brain to send or receive signals. Below, we will go further into detail about the severity of a paralysis and how to diagnose and treat the condition.
If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury due to the negligent actions committed by another party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to recover damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our spinal cord injury attorneys will help strengthen your claim and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you are given a fair settlement offer.
Determining the Severity of Paralysis
There are many factors that determine the level of severity for paralysis. Getting an idea of how serious the injury is depends on what area of the spinal cord was damaged, along with knowing whether the injury is complete or incomplete.
The most common spinal cord injury occurs in the lumbar section. It has the least amount of structural support and experiences a lot of sprains. Furthermore, the injury may impact the individual’s hips and legs. Numbness is also another common result. The least common spinal cord injury is located in the thoracic section. If an individual does get a thoracic spinal cord injury, their muscles, mid-back, abdominal muscles, or upper chest may be affected.
When an individual experiences a spinal cord injury, they may suffer either complete or partial paralysis below their injury. This is primarily why the cervical area has more severe injuries, since it could affect a larger portion of the body compared to other spinal cord sections being damaged. The individual may also experience more intense after effects, such as impaired breathing and paralysis.
A spinal cord injury that involves paralysis usually occurs from:
Generally, the lumbar or thoracic spinal cord sections get injured when an individual experiences direct and intense contact to their back. If you are suffering from an injury relating to one of these areas, you may potentially get diagnosed with paraplegia. Paraplegia is defined as having paralysis from the waist down. Several factors may contribute to the cause of injury for paraplegia. This includes:
If the individual suffers an injury and immediately calls 911 to have paramedics transport them to the hospital, then they will most likely be provided with a neck brace for stabilization. The medics will also use special equipment and a backboard to transfer the individual to the hospital for treatment. Once the individual is at the hospital, the doctor(s) will evaluate their condition to determine a proper diagnosis for the injury. Below are common tests that are used to find a diagnosis:
If you are a victim of spinal cord injury due to another individual’s negligence, West Coast Trial Lawyers has certified spinal cord injury attorneys with over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. We will help you recover economic and non-economic damages. This includes medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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