Spinal Cord Injuries
Our spinal cords not only hold up our bodies, but they are essential for mobility and most physical exertion. When an accident or injury damages the spinal area, paralysis, spasms and other serious and painful problems can occur. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is very common across the country. Car accidents, slip and fall incidents, sports injuries, firearm or knife incidents, electric shock, boating accidents, construction and workplace accidents and other incidents can all cause this type of injury. For those under 65 years of age, car collisions are the most common cause of SCIs. For the elderly, it is simple slip and fall accidents that often cause this sort of debilitating injury.
If you have suffered from a SCI, it is essential that you contact qualified Florida attorneys right away. Most spinal injuries require significant time off work (or even a permanent leave of absence) and most require complicated and specialized treatment and rehabilitation that most insurance will not cover fully. The law team at Flaxman Law Group can be crucial to ensuring that you and your family are fully protected financially as you recover.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) when cells within the spinal cord are damaged or when the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord are severed. This usually occurs when a traumatic event — such as a fall or hit — affects the spine. There are a few common types of SCI:
- Contusion. This is caused by bruising of the spinal cord.
- Compression. This is caused by pressure on the spinal cord.
- Lacerations. This occurs when nerve fibers tear or are severed. Such damage is often caused by a gun shot wound or other invasive injury.
- Central cord syndrome. This type of SCI involves specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord.
Severe injuries to the spinal cord often result in paralysis and loss of sensation and reflex function. Often, all parts of the body below the point of injury are affected. Autonomic activity such as breathing and bowel and bladder control can be affected by SCIs. Many SCIs affect a personA's tolerance of pain or sensitivity to stimuli. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause muscle spasms and sexual dysfunction. A number of uncomfortable and even dangerous secondary medical problems including bladder infections, lung infections, and bed sores can develop as a result of a SCI.
Spinal cord injuries can change an entire life. Many patients suffer from permanent injury. This means that in addition to initial treatment, patients may need to pay for a lifetime of specialized care and help. Patients may need to have their entire homes made accessible. They may require a lifetime of care giving and medication. Special medical equipment may be needed for the patientA's home. Most patients are unable to work or are unable to work to the same degree after their injury. Insurance often only covers a small part of these costs, which is why it is essential to contact Flaxman Law Group. The professional team of Florida attorneys at Flaxman Law Group can help you uncover all your legal options. We will research until we find the best solutions for you, so that you can get the best help and treatment you can to lead a normal life. We will work with insurance companies to ensure that you get the full benefits you are entitled to. In a spinal cord injury situation, Florida attorneys can be your best option for protecting yourself and your future.
If you have suffered a SCI, contact Flaxman Law Group today. We can advise you of your rights and help you develop a plan to safeguard your future. If you are already suffering from spinal cord injury, there is no need to suffer the additional pain of financial difficulty. If you live in the South Florida area, contact us online or call us at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Our Florida attorneys can meet in your home, office, or hospital room to help you.