A personal injury accident can cause a virtually limitless different types of injuries, some more serious than others. Among the most serious injuries a victim can suffer are spinal cord injuries. Though the human spine is an amazingly strong system, it can be damaged. Unfortunately, damage to the spinal cord cannot be reversed. When a victim suffers a spinal cord injury, therefore, the focus is on preventing further injury and treating the injury. If you are the victim of a spinal cord injury you should know how doctors typically treat spinal cord injuries.
Along with your brain, your spinal cord makes up part of your central nervous system. The spinal cord itself is a long, thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the medulla oblongata in the brainstem to the lumbar region of the vertebral column. The cord serves as a conduit for signals that are sent from the brain down through the cord to various parts of the body. Sensory signals are then sent back up through the spinal cord to the brain. Given the important functions of the spinal cord, injury can be traumatic. Injury most often occurs when the spine is violently stretched too far forward and/or backward, something that often happens in a motor vehicle accident.
Damage to the spine can mean anything from a bulging disc to a severed spinal cord. If the spinal cord itself is damaged it can result in paralysis. If the cord is actually severed it can be fatal. The severity of the injury determines the course of treatment. All potential spinal cord injuries are initially treated with a focus on preventing further injury. Thee neck is immobilized and the patient is transported to a hospital immediately for testing and examination. Sometimes, surgery is needed to remove bone fragments or to remove a disc. After the initial injury, treatment focuses on preventing pain and providing the best quality of life possible for the patient. Typically, that means rehabilitation, adaptive equipment, and medications to control pain and other side-effects of a spinal cord injury.
The cost of treating a spinal cord injury over the course of the lifetime of the victim can easily run several million dollars. Depending on the severity of the injury, a spinal cord injury victim can require around the clock care. If you are the victim of a spinal cord injury, and another party caused, or contributed to, the accident that caused your injury, you could be entitled to compensation that will help offset some of the cost of treating your injury. Contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today and discuss your legal options.