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After getting involved in a car accident, you may be left with serious injuries, including a spinal cord injury. These injuries can cause permanent changes in your bodily functions and may require extensive and on-going medical care. Understanding what to do following a car accident and subsequent spinal cord injury may help keep you safe and maintain your future personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been involved in a car accident and are now suffering from a neck, back, or spine injury, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is any damage to the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These injuries, often serious, may cause permanent changes in bodily functions, including strength and sensation below the injury location.
Always seek medical attention if you have received significant trauma to the head or neck, as spinal cord injuries may be exacerbated with lack of treatment.
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How to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries in Car Accidents
There are some prevention techniques you can use to avoid spinal cord injuries. For example, you can wear a seatbelt every time you’re in a moving car or truck. Additionally, avoid drinking and driving or getting into a car with someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Common Spine Injuries from Car Accidents
There are many different types of spinal cord injuries that may be caused by a car accident. These injuries range in severity and may include:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is often caused by a forceful rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. This motion may cause severe injury to the bones in the spine, so it is crucial to see your doctor after receiving any traumatic injury to your neck.
- Herniated disk. A herniated disk occurs when there is an issue with the disks that sit between the vertebrae in your spine and are most common in the lower back.
- Spinal fracture. A spinal fracture occurs when there is a breaking in any one of the 33 bones that make up your spinal column, otherwise referred to as your vertebrae. Severe spinal fractures will need to be surgically repaired.
- Spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is when one of your vertebrae slips out of place onto the vertebra below it. Surgery is often the most successful treatment for serious cases.
- Spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the inside space of the backbone is too small, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal injuries resulting from car accidents or other trauma may cause spinal stenosis.
- Spinal cord damage. These injuries are any damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. These damages often cause permanent changes in bodily functions below the location of the injury.
Always seek medical attention if your neck or back is injured following a car accident, as this may be a sign of more serious spine injuries. After you are safe, contact Zinda Law Group to begin your spinal cord injury lawsuit.
Treating a Spinal Injury from a Car Accident
Unfortunately, spinal cord damage cannot be reversed. There are, however, certain treatments a medical professional may use to mitigate the severity. For example, a doctor may immobilize the spine, use medication, perform surgery, or even use experimental treatments, such as lowering the body temperature to prevent inflammation, to improve nerve function and regeneration.
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Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
There are many different symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries. These symptoms will depend on where the injury occurred and on the severity of your injury. These symptoms include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of bowel control
- Altered sensation
- Changes in sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Exaggerated reflex activities.
In addition, emergency signs and symptoms include:
- Extreme back pain
- Difficulty walking or with balance
- Oddly positioned or twisted back or neck.
Long-Term Medical Costs and Injury Claims
Spinal cord injuries can be life-threatening and life changing. Whenever you suffer a spinal cord injury, and it’s the result of a negligent act or omission of another person, you want to make sure that you hire a lawyer who can get everything set up in order to get the care that you’ll need for the rest of your life.
One of the ways that you do this is you hire a life care planner who writes a report with all the items that you will need for the rest of your life, as well as a cost for those items. You want to make sure that you hire a lawyer who can get a reputable life care planner, so that you can get everything that you will need for your future care.
As spinal cord injuries may lead to long-term medical care and needs, it is important to contact an attorney in your state with experience in pursuing these kinds of claims and who has the ability to connect you with a reliable and trustworthy life care planner.
Seeking Compensation With the Help of a Car Accident Lawyer
After being involved in a car crash, you may need the help of an experienced accident lawyer to help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available in your specific claim. In general, there are two different types of compensation you may be able to seek following a car accident. These include:
Economic Damages. Economic damages include out-of-pocket expenses, such as hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, and property damage.
Non-Economic Damages. Non-economic damages include non-monetary costs, such as disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Spinal cord injuries may leave you with substantial medical bills and emotional distress. In order to receive compensation for these expenses, you may need to hire a knowledgeable attorney at Zinda Law Group.
Frequently Asked Questions
After being involved in an accident involving a spinal cord injury, you may be left asking many questions. Below are frequently asked questions regarding car accidents and subsequent spinal cord injuries:
Can you file a lawsuit for injuries to the spine after a car crash?
The short answer to this question is yes, you can file a lawsuit for injuries to the spine following a car crash. In order to do so, however, you must be able to show that one or more persons or entities are responsible for the accident and your injuries. Call Zinda Law Group today to discuss your case. We can help you determine whether you should file a lawsuit for your car accident and resulting physical pain, emotional distress, and property damage.
Can a car accident cause a spinal cord injury?
Yes, car accidents can cause spinal cord injuries; in fact, the Mayo Clinic has reported that auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. Thus, if you are suffering from a back or neck injury after a car accident, contact a medical professional immediately.
What happens to your spine after a car accident?
During a car accident, the spinal cord may twist or bend, damaging it. Additionally, the spinal cord could be damaged from the victim colliding with a hard surface, such as the pavement after being propelled from the vehicle.
How do you know if you have a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries may present with varying signs and symptoms, including altered ability to feel heat or cold, difficulty breathing, and loss of bowel or bladder control. Emergency signs and symptoms include extreme back or neck pain, paralysis in any part of the body, or difficulty walking. If you have suffered significant trauma to the head or neck, always seek immediate medical attention, as you may have endured a spinal cord injury.
If you have any other questions regarding these injuries, or if you have been involved in a car accident and have endured a spinal cord injury, call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.