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Spinal cord injuries are often confused with neck and back injuries but are far more serious. The spinal cord is the messenger system from your brain to the rest of your body. Since spinal cord injuries are so serious, it’s important you contact one of our Orlando injury lawyers to see if you have a legal claim to compensation by calling (855) 880-4741.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can cause:
- Loss of feeling
- Loss of function
- Loss of movement
Complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries fall into two main categories.
- Complete: No functioning below the level of injury
- Incomplete: Some feeling and/or movement below the injury
Complete spinal cord injury typically results in permanent impairment. Some people with an incomplete injury will make a full recovery.
Results of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can create a wide range of problems that go beyond loss of movement and feeling and promote secondary health issues. Results of spinal cord injuries can include:
- Loss of muscle control
- Chronic pain in unaffected areas of the body
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Muscle spasms
- Bed sores
- Sexual dysfunction
Spinal cord injuries often result in the need for a 24 hour care. The lifetime medical expenses alone for a person with spinal cord injuries can be in the millions.
How Auto Accidents Cause Spinal Cord Injuries
Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Compression, bruising, and lacerations of the spine are common causes of spinal cord injuries in car accidents.
Roof crush, a common occurrence in rollover accidents, can cause fracture or bursting of the vertebrae, damaging the spinal cord.
Seat belt malfunctions can result in spinal cord injuries by releasing and providing no protection, as if you were not wearing the belt at all, or by creating damaging forces of their own.
Compensation for spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries are life altering, and in most cases permanent. For many they mean a lifetime of expensive medical bills and permanent loss of income. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an auto accident you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future loss of income
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Long-term care
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If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury in an auto accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Contact one of the experienced Orlando lawyers from Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter online or by phone at (855) 880-4741 today to schedule your initial car accident consultation. We will evaluate your claim for free and represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means we do not get paid any attorneys fees unless you recover on your claim.