Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious. A spinal cord injury occurs when your spinal cord itself is injured, or the tissues, blood vessels and bones surrounding the spinal cord are injured. A spinal cord injury may be treatable or permanent, and can cause temporary or permanent changes to your lifestyle.
Classifications of Spinal Cord Injuries
The lowest functioning part of your spinal cord is called the neurological level of the spinal cord. The neurological level plays an important role in determining the classification of your spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury may be classified in two ways: complete or incomplete. A total loss of feeling and motor function below the neurological level is called a complete spinal cord injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury involves a partial loss of feeling and motor function below the neurological level.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Symptoms of spinal cord injuries range from mild to severe, and temporary to permanent. Common symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Spasms or extremely sensitive or exaggerated reflexes
- Pain or stinging caused by damage to your spinal cord
- Changes in fertility, sexual function or sexual sensitivity
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of feeling, including the ability to detect touch, cold or heat
- Partial or complete loss of movement
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents (Motor vehicle accidents cause 40% of the spinal cord injuries that occur every year)
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries Aren’t Always Immediately Apparent
It’s important to note that spinal cord injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. You might fall or suffer a motor vehicle accident and have no symptoms of a spinal cord injury for hours following an accident. However, these accidents can cause bleeding or swelling around the spinal cord, and as this bleeding or swelling increases, so do your symptoms. If you’ve been injured in an accident that might have caused a spinal cord injury, don’t hesitate to seek immediate medical treatment if you begin feeling weakness, have bladder control or experience any of the other symptoms of spinal cord injuries – even hours after an injury occurs.
Know Your RightsA spinal cord injury may be a serious, treatable condition, or it can cause a permanent change in your lifestyle. Spinal cord injuries are rarely mild conditions from which people recover naturally.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, know your rights. An injury that was a result of someone else’s negligence might make you eligible to file a claim against the m or their insurance company. The Anderson Law Firm is an experienced spinal cord injury law firm, and can give you the help you need in determining your rights. We can be reached at 214-327-8000 in Dallas, at 71817-294-1900 in Fort Worth and at 877-294-1115 across Texas. All initial consultations are free.