Why Are Spinal Cord Injuries So Serious?The lasting impact of spinal cord injuries makes them stand out from other accident injuries and damages. Spinal cord injuries fall into two categories that can affect the severity of the condition:
- Complete: In these injuries, the connection between the brain and the body is completely broken below the level of the damage.
- Incomplete: In these, some function remains because the connection between your brain and body can still function to some extent.
How It Works
- Your spinal cord is a messenger—a column of tissue that runs from the base of your skull and down the center of your back.
- This messenger's job is to carry nerve signals to and from your brain and body.
- Three layers of membrane and your backbones offer some protection, but the spinal cord is still vulnerable to injury.
- Your spinal cord lets you feel sensations and move your body. When injured, you might be unable to do these things.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?Here are some of the leading causes of damage to your spinal cord:
- Falls: Avoid taking risks with ladders, use handrails on stairs, and install secure grips in bathrooms.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Always wear a seatbelt when riding in a car.
- Swimming: Make sure that the water is deep enough before diving into it.
- Complications from Surgery: This could include infections or damage from malpractice.
How Do I Know If I Have a Spinal Cord Injury?Signs and symptoms of spinal cord issues can depend on the severity of your injury. If, after an accident, you notice the following, you should immediately contact your health care provider:
- Weakness in your arms and legs
- Pain or a feeling of pressure in your back or neck
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Difficulty in breathing
- Lumps along your spine
What Is the Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries?Treatment depends on the severity of your case but can probably require immediate surgery. Later, patients usually require rehabilitation. Severe injuries might need constant care and psychological support. We hope victims find hope and healing as medical research is making significant advances in treatment to improve patients' lives.
How a Savannah Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can HelpIf you've suffered a spinal cord injury through no fault of your own, an attorney can help you claim the compensation that you deserve. Spinal cord injuries frequently have severe consequences for your lifestyle and your finances. Here are a few ways your lawyer can help:
- Calculate the amount you should claim
- Establish liability
- Answer questions about your case
- Negotiate with insurance companies
Working With Dolman Law GroupWe at Dolman Law Group care about our clients. We have the resources and experience necessary to take on insurance companies and get the best possible compensation for our clients. We like to start with a complimentary case review. This initial consultation puts you under no obligation. It's an opportunity to get to know each other and answer your questions. We can advise you on what steps you should take next. If you decide that we're the team you want to represent you, we can thoroughly prepare your case by:
- Examining all the evidence
- Talking to any witnesses
- Reviewing medical or police reports
- Keeping track of all correspondence
- Filing your claim