Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Arlington
According to the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury, the main cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States results from motor vehicle accidents. These injuries account for forty-two percent (42%) of all spinal cord injuries, with the next most common cause of these types of injuries from falls (15%) and acts of violence (8%). Accordingly, spinal cord injuries can vary depending on the type of injury, the level involved, and the severity of the injury sustained. There can be loss of sensation and motor function below the level of injury along with other complications such as:
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Gall bladder and renal stones
- Inability to breathe without mechanical intervention
- Sexual dysfunction
- Osteoporosis and bone degeneration
- Spasticity with increased reflexes and/or limb stiffness
- Inability to regulate the heart rate, blood pressure or heat regulation
- Muscle atrophy
- Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
The American Spinal Injury Association classifies spinal cord injuries into five distinct categories (A through E) as follows:
- A – A complete injury with the loss of both motor and sensory function.
- B – An incomplete injury with some sensation but no motor function.
- C – An incomplete injury where motor function is preserved below the neurological level at a grade of less than 3 (indicates full range of motion against gravity).
- D - An incomplete injury where motor function is preserved below the neurological level and at least half of the key muscles have a muscle grade of 3 or more.
- E – Sensory and motor functions are normal but neurological deficits are appreciated without sensory or motor function loss.
In addition to the five categories A through E, there are also several clinical syndromes associated with an incomplete spinal cord injury including:
- Central Cord Syndrome – Associated with greater loss of upper limb function when compared to lower limb function.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome – An injury on the anterior part of the spinal cord that results in weakness, and loss of pain and thermal sensation below the site of injury. This includes proprioception, which is defined as a person’s unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation that happens from stimuli within the body.
- Tabes Dorsalis Syndrome – An injury to the posterior part of the spinal cord usually resulting from an infective disease that can cause loss of touch and proprioception.
- Conus Medullaris Syndrome – An injury to the tip of the spinal cord at the level of L1.
- Cauda Equine Syndrome – Results from an injury to the spinal roots that lie below the L1 vertebrae.
- Brown-Se’quard Syndrome – An injury to one side of the spinal cord resulting in weakness and loss on the side of the injury. This can also include loss of pain signal and thermal sensation on the opposite side of the injury.
Spinal cord injury attorneys know that you have sustained a very serious and life-altering injury that can often make it impossible for to make a living or return to a normal lifestyle. People with spinal cord injuries often suffer long-term or life-long disabilities and monumental medical and care giving expenses. Our caring and compassionate attorneys at Zinda Law Group in Arlington our knowledgeable spinal cord injury attorneys and the problems associated with this type of injury and we will do everything possible to get the financial compensation you need and are entitled to. We want to help you.