Car Accidents & Spinal Cord Injuries
Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyers
A spinal cord injury results from trauma rather than disease. Spinal cord
injury symptoms vary widely depending on the degree of injury and exactly
where on the spinal cord the injury occurred.
Spinal cord injuries are often referred to as either “incomplete,”
which means the effect on the patient is limited, or “complete,”
which means there is the total loss of some functions. Emergency treatment
after a spinal injury is critical. Medical responders must restrain the
spine and control inflammation to help prevent further spinal cord damage.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
While spinal cord injuries occur due to many different causes,
car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost 40%
of these injuries. The force of a vehicle collision can result in a non-standard
twisting or fracture of the spinal cord.
Rollover accidents are the main type of accident that results in spinal
cord injuries. When seat belts are not worn, or when they don’t
function properly, the risk of spinal cord injury is much higher.
Consider these statistics:
- Roughly a quarter-million Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries
- More than 10,000 new spinal injuries occur every year
Lasting Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury patients with “complete” injuries usually
do not recover much if any lost function. Patients whose injuries are
classified as incomplete have much better chances for recovery. It is
not unheard of for patients initially assessed as having suffered a complete
injury to later be reclassified as having an incomplete injury. Most recovery
happens during the first six months after a spinal cord injury. After
nine months post-injury, hardly any patients experience substantial recovery.
Degrees of Injury
This type of injury may cause anything from temporary pain to
permanent paralysis. After a complete spinal cord injury, all function is lost below the area
of the spine that is damaged. Injuries that happen at neck level are usually
the most severe, and can result in quadriplegia and even the necessity
for ventilators to assist the patient in breathing.
What You Should Do Now: Call Kelley/Uustal
Immediate emergency medical assistance is vital after a possible spinal
cord injury. Once medical care has been obtained, the victim or his or
her loved ones should contact an experienced
personal injury attorney. Insurance companies do not stay in business by compensating accident
victims. Competent attorneys like those at Kelley/Uustal know exactly
what to do to help protect the rights of those who have suffered spinal
cord injuries and obtain justice and fair compensation for them.
Contact us today for more information.