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Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. One of the leading causes spinal cord injuries is an automobile accident. However, regardless of what caused the injury, the end result is the same for every spinal cord injury victim: a serious injury that can significantly impact all aspects of life.
What Is Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissue that is protected by the bones of the spine. It helps deliver messages between the brain and the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury occurs when a traumatic event damages the cells inside the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that transfer signals in the body. A severe injury to the spinal cord can cause the victim to lose sensation or the ability to function.
The majority of spinal cord injuries result in permanent disability or paralysis. If the paralysis involves all four extremities, it is referred to as quadriplegia. If the paralysis involves only the lower body, it is referred to as paraplegia.
Life After a Spinal Cord Injury
The impact of a serious spinal cord injury can extend beyond the obvious physical disabilities. Adapting to life without the use of your limbs is not easy. It is common for spinal cord injury victims to experience serious emotional pain and suffering, validated by worries about how their injury will impact their lifestyle, financial livelihood, and personal relationships.
Although filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident that caused this injury will not undo the harm, it will provide closure and the financial means for the victim and their family members to deal with the life altering injury.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another individual, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.