Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries commonly suffered in accidents, including car and trucking accidents. Motorcycle accidents also result in serious spinal trauma as well as work related accidents. Common scenarios include blunt force trauma from vehicle accidents and falls “on the job.”  10 out of 11 individuals who suffer from spinal cord injury become permanently paralyzed, and many subsequently die from complications. And as with injuries from any accident, a spinal injury can happen in an instant from inattention or negligence, leaving a young injured person disabled for a lifetime.

Serious auto accidents account for 42% of spinal cord injuries.   Another leading cause of spinal injury are work related or “on the job” accidents. Effects The effects and symptoms of a spinal injury will depend on what part of the spine and to what extent it has been injured. Fortunately, medical treatment for spinal trauma has greatly improved over the years. However, what has not changed is the months or even years of intense rehabilitation required to get back to independent living. Sadly, despite advances in this area, many individuals are left with permanent, debilitating injuries for life.
A severe neck injury (severe cervical injury) can lead to paralysis including paraplegia, hemiplegia, and quadriplegia (tetraplegia). The cervical spine vertebrae are C1 (atlas), C2 (axis), C3, C4, C5, C6, and C7 and are shown in the picture in red.

Severe thoracic injury will usually result in only paraplegia, paralysis of the lower body, but functionality of the arms and hands will be retained.  Thoracic vertebrae (shown in blue) include T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T11, and T12.  Thoracic injuries T8 and above will usually result in loss of abdominal muscle control, and the ability to sit up will be impaired.  Also, injuries above Th6 can result in Autonomic Dysreflexia.  Injuries T9 through T12 will result in only partial loss of truck control.

Severe injuries in the lumbar and sacral sections of the spine (shown in yellow and green respectively) affect the urinary system, bowel function, and the ability to control the hips, legs, and feet. Injury to the coccyx, shown in purple, can result in severe pain and may need to be relieved by surgical removal of this end segment of the spinal column.

Experienced Spinal Injury Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury, you should seek the assistance of an experienced spinal injury attorney. Robert Reeves is a former Registered Nurse (RN) who has worked in intensive care. He understands the medical side of complex injury cases and has helped families get through these most difficult times in their lives.  Compare our firm to any other, and then call us at 803-554-4157 , or contact us here, for a private consultation.

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