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Why are spinal cord injuries catastrophic?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2023 | Personal Injury

People who are involved in incidents, such as motor vehicle crashes or slip-and-falls, can suffer from a spinal cord injury. These are traumatic and are considered a catastrophic injury.

The spinal cord is delicate. It consists of nerves and other tissues protected by the spinal column’s vertebrae. These nerves transmit messages back and forth between the brain and the body. Damage to the spinal cord can prevent those messages.

What types of symptoms does a spinal cord injury cause?

Spinal cord injuries affect the area below the area of the damage. The exact symptoms depend on where the injury is located and what type of injury it is. A complete injury means the spinal cord is fully severed. An incomplete injury means some nerves are still connected.

Paralysis is one of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury that most people think about quickly, but there are many others that might occur. Numbness or tingling in the extremities, loss of bladder or bowel control, difficulty walking, and loss of range of motion in the neck are also possible.

Some of the initial symptoms of the spinal cord injury can abate or lessen. Spinal shock, which occurs at the time of injury, can make symptoms worse. As the inflammation of the spinal cord is reduced, some symptoms may get better.

Anyone suffering from a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence may opt to pursue a compensation claim. This can help them to recover some of the costs of medical care and other related expenses. Texas law sets time limits to get your claim filed, so don’t wait too long.