Common Spinal Cord Injuries
An accident that causes an injury to the spine can do more than just cause long-term pain. It can cause paralysis and even death. Every day, thousands of people sustain spinal injuries in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice and construction site accidents.
Below is a list of common spinal cord injuries:
- Anterior cord syndrome: Damage or impact to the front of the spinal cord can result in a loss of sensation, touch, and temperature at and below the point of trauma.
- Central cord syndrome: This condition occurs when there is damage to the center of the spinal cord. As a result, the victim loses the ability to move his or her arms. Through surgery and exhaustive therapy, the victim may regain some movement.
- Brown-Sequard syndrome: Doctors characterize this condition by damage to the left or right side of the spinal cord. Sensation, temperature, and movement are lost on whichever side is affected.
- Spinal contusion: This is actually the most common type of spinal cord injury. A spinal contusion occurs when the cord is bruised, but not severed. The result is inflammation and temporary debilitation that usually only last a few days.
Certain spinal cord injuries can permanently change the way you live your life. If you sustain a serious spinal injury in any type of accident, you should contact an experienced law firm as soon as possible. With the right legal team, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical expenses and pain and suffering.