One of the most serious catastrophic injuries a victim can sustain is spinal cord damage. Tragically, in many cases spinal cord injuries are the result of another person’s negligent actions. The injuries can be caused by car accidents, ranch accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, trucking accidents, and more. If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in a preventable accident, The Robert Pahlke Law Group can help you seek proper compensation for your suffering and losses.
COMMON SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries result when the protective boney layer that surrounds the spinal cord is harmed because of dislocation, compression, fracture, hyperextension, hyper flexion, or burst. The effect the injury has upon the body depends upon the location of the damage and the extent of the damage.
Common types of spinal cord injury include:
- Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: When the spinal cord is damaged at the cervical level, it often causes weakness or paralysis in both the arms and legs, known as quadriplegia. This type of damage to the spinal cord typically affects the body below the point of the injury.
- Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: Damage to the thoracic region of the spinal cord commonly causes weakness or paralysis of the legs, called paraplegia. Because the thoracic level of the spinal cord controls certain parts of the back and abdomen, some victims may need to wear a brace to provide stability.
- Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: If the lumbar region of the spinal cord is damaged, paraplegia can result. Lumbar spinal cord injuries often require surgery and external stabilization.
- Sacral Spinal Cord Injury: The sacral region of the spinal cord controls the signals sent to the genital organs, thighs, lower legs, and feet, and injury to this level can cause the loss of bladder and bowel function, sexual dysfunction, and weakness or paralysis in the legs or hips.
The severity of the damage depends upon whether the injury is complete or incomplete. If the damage is incomplete, the spinal cord still has some ability to send and receive signals from the brain. If the injury is complete, there is a complete lack of motor function and sensation below the point of the damage to the spinal cord.
COMPENSATION FOR INJURY VICTIMS IN NEBRASKA
If you suffered damage to your spinal cord because of the careless or reckless actions of another person, you may be able to hold the person accountable for their negligence through a personal injury claim. Our firm’s experienced Nebraska injury attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims obtain the generous compensation they deserve and need to rebuild their lives. We can assess the circumstances that led to your accident to determine liability and assist you in filing a comprehensive claim against the responsible party.
We understand the widespread implications a spinal cord injury can have upon your life and can fight for the justice you deserve. Contact an attorney at our firm today to discuss your options to pursue proper compensation. You can reach The Robert Pahlke Law Group at 308-633-4444.