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Your spinal cord is one of the most important parts of your body because it relays messages between the body and the brain in order to enable motor functions and sensory functions. As a part of your body’s central nervous system, any damage done to your spinal cord will also likely damage other parts of your body. That’s why our Indianapolis spinal cord injury lawyers are available to fight for your rights when you’ve injured your back in an accident caused by someone else. A spinal cord injury often results in permanent paralysis, which can impair your future and quality of life. Christie Farrell Lee & Bell’s team has over 120 years of collective experience that we can use to help you recover, whether you fell on your back while walking or were crushed in a truck accident.
How Does a Spinal Cord Injury Lead to Paralysis?
Every person’s spinal cord begins at the base of your brain stem and moves down to the bottom of your spine. Your spinal cord consists of sensitive nerves that are protected by layers of tissue as well as individual bones called vertebrae. Though a lot is at work in your spinal cord to protect your nerve endings, certain accidents can be forceful enough to shatter your vertebrae and cause lasting damage.
Accidents that often result in spinal cord injuries include:
Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or incomplete depending on whether you’ve completely lost your sensory or motor functions. In a complete spinal cord injury, the victim has lost all feeling and sensations, as well as the ability to move certain parts of their body. Incomplete injury victims may still have some ability to move or feel in the affected area.
When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, it typically leads to paralysis, which occurs when you can no longer move certain parts of your body below the affected area on the spinal cord. Tetraplegia and quadriplegia are the same thing and refer to all your limbs being paralyzed, including your arms, hands, legs, and pelvic organs. Paraplegia is paralysis that affects the lower half of your body, including your legs, trunk, and pelvic organs.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Some people are instantly paralyzed in accidents and know when they’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, such as if they’re pinned beneath a vehicle after a rollover accident. Others initially feel unharmed after their accidents, only to wake up the next day with extreme back pain or a tingling sensation in some parts of their body.
Below are some emergency signs of a spinal cord injury that everyone should be aware of. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following symptoms following an accident where you fell or were hit on your back, you should seek medical attention:
- Impaired breathing
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Extreme pain or pressure in neck, head, or back
- Numbness in hands, fingers, feet, or toes
- Tingling or loss of sensation in parts of your body
- Difficulty with walking or balance
- Changes in sexual function
Even after you’ve been treated, you should be prepared for additional complications related to paralysis, including bladder issues, pressure sores, and blood pressure problems. If you’ve been paralyzed, you’ll likely have to schedule a number of doctor visits long after you’ve been released from the hospital.
What Should I Do If I Suspect I Injured My Spinal Cord in an Accident?
If you or someone you love has been paralyzed in an accident, it’s incredibly important to follow certain steps in the aftermath of the crash or fall to ensure that the injury doesn’t become worse. If you can no longer feel parts of your body, it’s crucial that no one moves you, as permanent paralysis can set in.
Instead, follow these steps:
- Have someone call 911
- Make sure you or the affected person keep still
- Ensure heavy towels or items are placed on both sides of the neck to prevent movement
- Provide first aid if necessary to stop any bleeding
Once you’ve been treated, don’t hesitate to call our firm to start your spinal cord injury case, especially if you suspect the person who caused your accident was being negligent, such as drunk driving. Paralysis involves a variety of costs, from hospital bills and physical therapy expenses to costs of medical equipment like wheelchairs, lifts, and furniture that is closer to the ground. Countless paralyzed individuals also find themselves out of work when they can no longer perform the manual aspects of their jobs. Our lawyers know how to get the maximum amount of compensation that is available to you under the law.
Recovery is possible when you call our Indianapolis spinal cord injury lawyers at (317) 245-3709. Since 1993 our firm has proudly served our community in Indiana.