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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in San Antonio

The spinal cord is a major bundle of nerves that carries electrical impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. It is about as big as your index finger, and descends from the brain down through the hollows of the spinal column, or rings of bone that are called vertebrae. These bones are very strong and flexible, and protect the spinal cord from injury and trauma.

The spinal cord itself is made up of nerve cells that carry sensory data from areas outside of the spinal cord to the brain. These sensory data carry both motor commands and pain signals that occur throughout the body. The motor commands and pain signals are then transmitted to / from certain areas of the spinal cord known as cervical (C); thoracic (T); and lumbar regions (L). Each area has several levels and translates to a specific area of the body, as follows:

  • C1-C4: head and neck
  • C3-C5: diaphragm (chest and breathing)
  • C5-T1: shoulders, arms and hands
  • T2-T12: chest and abdomen
  • L1-L4: abdomen, buttocks, genitals and thighs
  • L4-S1: legs
  • S2-S4: genitals, muscles of the perineum

Spinal cord injuries can vary depending on the type of injury, the level involved, and the severity of the injury sustained. There are two types of spinal cord injury: complete and incomplete. A complete injury results in the loss of all ability to feel and move below the level of injury, and an incomplete injury may result in some functioning below the level of injury.

The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury cites the most prevalent cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States result from vehicle accidents; these types of accidents account for nearly forty-two percent of all spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury is not the same as a back injury which may result from ruptured disks within the vertebrae or from pinched nerves. Rather, a spinal cord injury is the result of damage to the cord that causes a loss of feeling or mobility and a loss of function, such as:

  • Inability to breathe without mechanical intervention
  • Inability to regulate the heart rate, blood pressure or heat regulation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Gall bladder and renal stones
  • Spasticity with increased reflexes and/or limb stiffness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Osteoporosis and bone degeneration

Regardless of whether you suffered a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury, the injury is a very serious and life-altering event, often making it impossible to return to work or a normal lifestyle. People with spinal cord injuries often suffer long-term or life-long disabilities and monumental medical and care giving expenses.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, our caring and compassionate Personal Injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group want to help you. We are experienced and knowledgeable in spinal cord injuries and all of the problems associated with this type of injury.  We will do everything we can to get you the financial compensation you need and are entitled to. Call us today.



 

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