An injury to any part of your body may affect how you function on a day-to-day basis. With a broken arm, you may have trouble cooking, driving to your job in Nevada or other tasks. However, if you sustain a spinal cord injury, it could impair your ability to use one or both your arms, your legs or other parts of your body, as well as your back or neck. We at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., understand what spinal cord damage involves, how it is treated and when victims may be eligible for compensation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the bundle of nerves that runs up the center of your spine carries signals between your brain and body for movement, pressure, temperature and pain. The spine itself is made up of soft tissue, bones, discs and ligaments, and if these are fractured, crushed, compressed or dislocated, it may damage the nerves. Side effects of the original injury are often compounded by swelling, bleeding, fluid accumulation and inflammation around and inside the spinal cord. In the United States, you are most likely to suffer this type of accident in a fall, a traffic collision, athletic activity or violent act.
The initial medical response to your injury may be the most critical treatment you receive. Immobilization of the spine often prevents the damage from getting worse, and first responders and emergency department personnel then may take steps to keep you from going into shock and ensure that you are able to breathe.
Damage to your spinal cord is not currently reversible, although there are many treatments that a doctor may recommend to keep your condition from deteriorating further. Rehabilitation and medication are often a part of reaching the maximum level of recovery possible. Many people continue to require care and assistance for the rest of their lives. When someone else is responsible for an injury, it may be that they can be held liable for the damages under some circumstances.
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