Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury in Lubbock
Any type of injury that affects the spinal cord or its surrounding nerves can be classified as a spinal cord injury. In many cases, a person suffers permanent changes in sensation, strength and body functions that are located below the injury site. People who have a spinal cord injury may also experience changes in sexual functions and difficulty breathing.
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. In fact, four out of 10 of the spinal cord injuries that occur in America are the result of a motor vehicle accident. Falls are the second-leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for about 25 percent of the spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury can be classified as complete or incomplete. If a person has lost all of his or her movement and feeling below the spinal cord, then the injury is classified as complete. The injury is classified as incomplete if the person still has some feeling and movement in the limbs below the spinal cord.
Paralysis from a spinal cord injury can be classified as paraplegia or quadriplegia. If the paralysis affects all or parts of the pelvic organs, trunk or legs, then it is classified as paralysis. Quadriplegia affects the trunk, legs, arms, hands and pelvic organs.
Fifteen percent of the spinal cord injuries are the result of a violent encounter, such as knife wounds and gunshot wounds. Eight percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by athletic activities. Diving in shallow water and impact sports are examples of some of the athletic activities that can lead to a spinal cord injury. Furthermore, certain diseases, such as osteoporosis, inflammation of the spinal cord and cancer, can cause a spinal cord injury.
There are a number of complications that can result from a spinal cord injury. The brain may be unable to control the bladder. This can put one at risk for developing an urinary tract infection. A person may also lose control of his or her bowels.
Circulation problems can result from a spinal cord injury. This can increase the risk of developing blood clots. People who have circulation problems may also experience a a life-threatening rise in blood pressure.
What To Do If You Have Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, then you should consider contacting Zinda Law Group Firm. You may be able to get compensation if the injury was caused by the negligence of someone else.