Spinal cord injuries are a common accidental injury suffered by approximately 12,000 new patients every year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). A spinal cord injury is considered to be any damage to the vertebrae, cord itself, or any other part of the spine, including the nerves at the edge of the spinal canal. Spinal cord injuries often affect a victim’s strength, sensation, movement, and other abilities in their limbs and extremities. Though some patients recover their abilities after a period of time, some victims suffer permanent disability and require care for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury in an accident, you should contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss a possible case.
Emergency treatment is crucial in spinal injuries. Emergency room doctors will work to do the following:
- Immobilize the spine to prevent additional injury
- Prevent shock
- Make sure your respiratory and cardiovascular systems keep working properly
- Use sedatives to prevent movement
- Perform neurological tests
- Perform surgery
Most spinal injury victims spend time in intensive care, regular hospital rooms, and then rehabilitation centers. Spinal injuries usually require a long period of rest to ensure no further injury occurs, therefore victims often may not return to their regular lives for an extended period of time. Furthermore, some victims never return to live as they previously knew it.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Spinal injuries can be devastating for a victim and their family, and recover may be extensive and costly. Furthermore, some patients may never fully recover, and will not return to work or live independently again. If another person caused your spinal injury either negligently or intentionally, they should be held liable for their actions and should compensate you for all of your losses and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help spinal injury victims receive the settlement they deserve. Call our office today at (770) 487-8999.