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A spinal cord injury is a type of catastrophic injury that causes serious disabilities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most spinal cord injuries are caused by preventable accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, or assaults. Our Modesto spinal cord injury attorney at the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases. If you were involved in an accident caused by no fault of your own which resulted in a spinal injury, we want to help.
Contact Dean Petrulakis today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, but such injuries can be caused by several events such as cancer, recreational injuries, and falls. However, when it comes to personal injuries, car accidents remain the number one perpetrator.
Spinal cord injuries are so serious because they typically result in paralysis as well as a loss of sensation in the body below the site of the injury. This can make it difficult to live the life the way you were previously.
There are two main classifications of spinal cord injuries:
- Quadriplegia: Also known as tetraplegia, quadriplegia tends to be caused by an injury to the spinal cord in the neck area. This condition results in both the loss of sensation and use of the body parts located below the neck, including one’s arms and legs.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia is caused by an injury to the spinal cord below the neck. It causes the loss of sensation and use of the lower half of the body, including the legs. As well as a loss of movement and sensation, other difficulties often arise from this condition. For example, a victim may be unable to breathe on their own without a ventilator. Victims may also lose control of their bladder or sexual function.
The two types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Complete: This describes cases in which there is no sensation or movement below the site where the injury occurred. Both sides of the body are affected.
- Partial: In a partial spinal cord injury, there remains some function and/or feeling below the point of injury. For example, a person may be able to move one limb better than the same one on the other side or have more sensation on one half of their body than the other.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries
Living with a spinal cord injury can be painful and debilitating. Holding a job may be difficult and completing daily tasks can be rendered impossible.
Spinal cord injuries are associated with the risk of developing other injuries as a result, including:
- Chronic pain
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Muscle spasms
- Respiratory complications
- Urinary tract infections
People suffering from a spinal cord injury that impairs their life may also suffer from mental or emotional trauma or conditions like depression.
How a Lawyer Can Help
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party—a slip and fall accident on dimly lit apartment stairs or another driver crashing their vehicle into yours—you can receive compensation to pay for your medical treatment. Spinal cord injuries can be extremely expensive to treat, and the treatment is often ongoing if not lifelong, so a settlement can go a long way to helping you live a good life.
To schedule your free consultation, call the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis today at (209) 528-0404.