Spinal Injuries in Car Accidents
Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most serious types of injuries resulting from car accidents. A spinal cord injury often results in partial to total paralysis, which can either be temporary or permanent. Spinal cord injuries can also be fatal. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another driver, you are likely owed considerable financial compensation for your substantial damages. We encourage you to get in touch with a Houston spinal cord accident attorney at once to file a claim or lawsuit for maximum compensation.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injuries, which are typically caused by rear-end and rollover accidents, occur when there is damage to the spinal cord, which is characterized by a thin bundle of nerve tissue and support cells. This bundle of nerves resides within the spinal column, and carries electrical signals from the brain to the extremities. Any disruption in the spinal cord’s function results in loss of use or feeling in the feet, legs, torso, or arms and hands. Any loss of feeling or use in the legs, for example, depends on the injury location, as well as the severity of the injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Most of our clients with spinal cord injuries have had injuries to either the high cervical section or the lumbar section of the spine. According to the Shepherd Center, the most severe type of spinal cord injury is to the high cervical nerves (C1 to C4). This region includes column damage such as a broken neck, which may require surgery to correct the sliding vertebrae, which could damage nerves and in turn cause paralysis.
During treatment, surgery, and recovery our clients have had live with:
- Migraine headaches;
- Significant trouble sleeping; and
- Inconvenience of having to wear neck braces.
Serious injuries can also occur in the spinal cord’s lumbar section (L1-L5). These compression fractures impacting the hips and legs are the most common injuries that we have seen in auto collisions to this region of the spine. Our clients may be treated with epidural steroid injections (ESI) to deal with the pain and may have to wear braces to stabilize the hip and legs in order to walk.
During treatment and recovery clients have complained of:
- Shooting pain down into their legs;
- Trouble walking and running; and
- A serious impact on our clients who have an active lifestyle.
Do Not Hesitate to Call an Attorney for Help Today
Spinal cord injuries are one of the more tragic and severe types of injuries that one can get from an auto collision. The tremendous pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning ability, psychological damage, and expenses related to the condition, which can be permanent, means that receiving the highest possible financial compensation is crucial to the well being of such a victim. Contact the Houston law offices of Michael P. Fleming and Associates today to get started with one of our professional spinal cord injury attorneys.