The victim of a personal injury accident can suffer a virtually endless variety of injuries as a result of the accident. A spinal cord injury is potentially one of the most serious of those injuries. Although some spinal cord injuries can completely heal with proper medical care, other spinal cord injuries can leave a victim paralyzed, or worse. If you suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, or you are the surviving family member of someone who was fatally injured because of a spinal cord injury, you could be entitled to compensation if another party caused, or contributed to, the accident that caused the injury.
The human spine is a truly amazing structure. Your spinal cord starts at your brain stem and runs down the center of your back to just between the first and second lumbar vertebrae, just above the tailbone. Your spinal cord and brain together make up your central nervous system. Nerve signals from your brain are sent down through your spinal cord to various parts of your body to tell your body what to do. Sensory information is also sent back up the spinal cord to your brain from various parts of your body. For example, if you pick up something hot that information is sent up your spinal cord to your brain where it is analyzed and then a signal sent back down the spinal cord telling your hand to let go of the hot object. Of course this all happens faster than we are able to comprehend and occurs millions of times a day, every day. Although the spinal cord is well protected by the spinal column, it can be injured and an injury can be life-threatening.
Your spinal cord is flexible enough to allow you to bend forward and touch the ground and bend backward into a backbend; however, if the spinal cord is thrust forward and/or backward with great force or great velocity, such as in a car accident or fall, it can damage the nerves that make up the cord. If the injury is severe enough, the bony vertebrae that surround and protect the spinal cord can be fractured. Pieces of the fractured bone can then cause serious damage to the spinal cord itself. When this occurs, paralysis may follow. If the spinal cord is actually severed, the injury will be fatal.
Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious, and most expensive, types of injuries the victim of a personal injury accident can suffer. The lifetime costs of treating a paralysis victim typically runs into the millions of dollars, not to mention the emotional impact of such an injury.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a personal injury accident, or you lost a loved one to one, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries or your loss. Contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 866-281-4774 today to schedule your appointment and find out what legal options may be available to you.