Back and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
The spinal cord holds you together. Each individual vertebra carries a tremendous amount of significance to varying systems in the body, including your chest and breathing, your pelvis and bowels, and so much more.
According to the State of Florida’s Department of Health, Brian and Spinal Cord Injury Program, “motor vehicle accidents accounted for nearly 49 percent of all new injury referrals to the CR each year, followed by falls (22.8 percent) and assaults (12.3 percent).” Due to the rising percentage of spinal cord damage as a result of car accidents and slip, trip and falls, the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. is passionate about sharing our knowledge and capability to fight for you who has been injured and is in need of legal help.
What are the different types of spinal cord injuries?
The spinal cord is made up of four different sections including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. To begin, the cervical spinal cord is the uppermost region of the spinal cord. Due to its placement in accordance with the brain, a cervical spinal cord injury is the most traumatizing and severe. If an injury is present in the cervical region, the result can be either tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which is a limited or absent sensation in all four limbs or below the neck.
The thoracic region is the largest section of the spinal cord. It sits just under the cervical and helps keep the body upright. Damage to the upper thoracic region will affect your abdominal muscles, your chest and upper back, which controls your breathing and the reflexes of your diaphragm. Any damage to the lower thoracic region will affect your abdominal and back muscles which help you cough and expel mucus/foreign matter. Severe injuries to both the upper and lower thoracic region can result in paraplegia, while the general effects of injury to the lower thoracic region can result in little to no control of the bladder/bowels.
The lumbar region is the area just below the thoracic region and carries the most weight of any other sections of the spine and so it features the largest vertebrae. Any damage to the lumbar region of the spine may result in a loss of functionality in the lower legs and hips, as well as little to no control over the bladder and bowels.
The sacral region of the spinal cord is located in the lowest section of the spine, just above the tailbone. The sacral region is broken up into five subparts, each affecting different areas of the body. The top set of nerves affect the hip and groin area, the set below that affect the backs of the thighs, below this region affects the medial buttocks, and the lowest set of nerves affects the perineal area. Damage to the nerves in the sacral region may result in a loss of bladder and bowel control and a loss of function in the hips and legs.
What is the most common spinal cord injury?
The most common injury to the spinal cord is to the cervical and thoracic region, which are the two uppermost sections of the spine. These two regions affect breathing, posture, and can leave the victim in a paraplegic state.
A study performed at Kitasato University School of Medicine found that out of 188 patients with cervical spinal cord injuries, brain damage was more frequently observed in patients with upper cervical injuries than in those with mid to lower cervical injuries. With damage to the upper cervical region of the spinal cord, patients had an elevated risk of suffering skull base fractures, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, and contusional hematoma.
What are the causes of back and spinal cord injuries?
Some common causes of spinal cord injuries as broken down by the 2016 National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center include:
-Automobile crashes (31.5%)
-Gunshot wounds (10.4%)
-Motorcycle crashes (6.8%)
-Diving incidents (4.7%)
-Medical/surgical complications (4.3%)
An injury to any section of the spinal cord can be a cause for serious pain and suffering, as well as a dissonance between the brain and body. When speaking about spinal cord injuries, it is common to hear the terms “complete” or “incomplete” injuries. A complete injury is when a patient cannot feel any sensation in an affected area of their body as well as the inability to perform unconscious reflexes to these parts of the body. An incomplete injury is when the spinal cord injury did not completely take away the reflexes and sensory receptors in the body.
Our injury law firm Hollywood, FL will help you
The results of an accident that affects your spinal cord can be devastating, but the lawyers at Scher and Scher are here to help you. With our collectively extensive experience in the field of personal injury, we are willing and passionately driven to fight for your right to compensation after a traumatic accident. Schedule your free consultation with the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. to discuss your case.
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