What Should You Do After Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury from an Accident
Whether it’s from a car accident or because of someone else’s reckless behavior, a spinal injury can come out of nowhere. The results can be devastating for the victim and their family. Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, can severely limit the victim’s ability to conduct everyday activities, and they often require costly medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. Severe cases can cause mobility issues and paralysis (paraplegia), and can prevent the victim from going back to work. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in Nevada, you deserve rightful compensation and strong legal support. We are Gazda & Tadayon, the top injury lawyers in Las Vegas, and with over 50 years of combined experience with some of the most challenging spinal injury cases, we know how to get you the maximum compensation possible.
Most personal injury cases are complicated, but spinal cord injuries are a special case. It takes detailed knowledge of the brain, spine, and nerves to build the best case possible. At Gazda & Tadayon, we have helped hundreds of clients with brain and spine injuries, so we know precisely how to navigate even the most tricky cases. We note every detail of your individual case and consult with medical experts, which helps us build a full picture of the injury and maximize your claim.
Problems Arising from a Spinal Cord Injury
It’s easy to forget how vital the spinal cord is to our everyday activities. It’s just as important as the brain in helping us work, play, and move, and any trauma to the spinal cord can cause severe disability and mobility issues.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves housed inside the spine, and it transmits information from the brain to the body’s muscles, tendons, and bones. These nerve impulses allow a full range of movement. As important as it is, the spinal cord is fragile and vulnerable to outside forces. When a victim sustains an impact to the back or neck, such as in a traffic accident, accidental fall, or head injury, the bones in the spine can shatter, dislocate, fracture, or become compressed, causing problems with the spinal cord.
Some signs of spinal cord injury include:
- little to no sensation, including the ability to feel touch, heat, and cold
- loss of bodily movement
- loss of coordination
- severe stinging pain
There are two types of SCI based on the loss of sensation and motor control in the body: incomplete injuries, which occur when there is a partial loss of sensation and motor control below the site, and complete injuries, where the victim loses all motor function and sensation below the site of the injury.
The extent of the paralysis, as well as the location, depends on where the injury is sustained on the spine. Typically, victims lose sensation and motor control below the site of the injury. Paraplegia (where the victim loses feeling in the legs and torso) and quadriplegia (where the victim is paralyzed in both the legs and arms) is common in severe cases.