Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Dallas
The spinal cord is a large bundle of nerves about the size of your index finger. It descends from the brain down through the ring-shaped bones known as vertebrae. The spinal cord nerves carry the electrical impulses to and from the brain and throughout the rest of the body via the flexible bones of the spine. These bones are strong and flexible and intended to protect the spinal cord from any injury or trauma.
Spinal Cord Injury
According to the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury, motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. They account for 42% of all spinal cord injuries; falls are the next known cause of injuries at 15%, and acts of violence account for 8% of all injuries.
A spinal cord injury can be defined as an injury that has been caused by some form of trauma or injury rather than by a disease, and symptoms will vary depending on the area that is damaged along the spinal cord. Symptoms of spinal cord injury can include paralysis, loss of sensation, loss of function or mobility, incontinence, and bone loss.
Diagnosing a spinal cord injury is often done using x-rays, MRI’s or CT’s. The treatment of a spinal cord injury will vary depending on the type and location of the injury; common forms of treatment may include:
- Anti-inflammatory and steroidal drugs
- Physical rehabilitation
- Assisting devices such as back and neck braces
- Pain medications and pain clinics
- Surgical implants and intervention
A spinal cord injury cannot be categorized as a back injury which can result from a soft tissue injury such as a ruptured disk within the vertebrae or from a pinch nerve. A spinal cord injury will often result in the loss of feeling or mobility and a loss of function, and may include the loss of sensation and motor function below the level of injury along with other complications such as:
- Inability to regulate the heart rate, blood pressure or heat regulation
- Inability to breathe on your own
- Muscle atrophy
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Gall bladder and renal stones
- Osteoporosis and bone degeneration
- Increased reflexes and/or limb stiffness
- Sexual dysfunction
Spinal cord injuries are serious and life-altering, and often make it impossible for the victim to return to a normal lifestyle or to a previous job or career. Those with a spinal cord injury often suffer long-term or life-long disabilities that include with monumental medical and care giving expenses.
Call Zinda Law Group Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, the caring and compassionate Personal Injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about spinal cord injuries, along with all of the problems and expenses associated with them. We will do everything we can to get you the medical care and financial compensation that you need and are entitled to. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a confidential consultation.