The spinal cord is created of soft tissues that are protected by the spinal column. The hard bones of the spine encase the spinal cord for protection, so when the vertebrae of the spine are broken or dislocated, the spinal cord is injured. Spinal cord injuries can range from mild to severe, causing the loss of all motor and sensory function in the process. At Cueria Law Firm, we represent individuals who have suffered from a fractured spine due to the negligence of others. We work for you, seeking compensation for pain and suffering as well as lost wages and medical expenses.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Trauma to the vertebrae of the neck can cause damage that is irreversible to the spinal cord and beyond. Injuries that take place high up in the neck area can cause paralysis in the body, including within the arms and legs. Damage to the middle area of the back and result in paralysis that is limited to the lower half of the body.
In most cases, a spinal injury will not sever the spine completely. For the most part, an injury will result in a fracture or compression of the vertebrae. This will destroy the axons, nerve cell extensions that provide signals within the spinal cord to the brain to tell the body how to move.
As the spinal cord runs within the back, it sends messages from the brain to your body in order to function. There are 33 bones, or vertebrae, that protect the spinal cord. These vertebrae are stacked on top of each other and have holes in the center where the spinal cord runs through. In between the vertebrae, there are discs of cartilage. Damage to the vertebrae or discs can cause pain and paralysis of the body.
When one or more of the spinal vertebrae are fractured, it is considered a serious medical issue. Trauma that creates a fracture of the vertebrae is usually severe and can include falling from an elevated height or being subject to blunt force trauma, such as what would take place during a car accident. A compression fracture is one injury that can occur and usually does so within the mid to lower back. There are different types of fractures that can take place and lead to a complicated injury.
Types of Fracture Patterns in the Vertebrae
- Flexion Fractures
- Compression: when the front of the vertebrae breaks and begins to sag
- Axial Burst: When height is lost in the vertebrae on the front and back sides
- Extension Fractures
- Flexion/Distraction: When the vertebrae are pulled apart
- Rotation Fractures
- Transverse Process: When the vertebrae are rotated or have lateral bending
- Fracture-Dislocation: Injury where the vertebrae are broken, and ligaments torn
When the vertebrae of the spine are fractured, it can create several symptoms including pain, tingling, numbness, high fever and loss of bodily functions. A spinal cord injury can affect breathing, blood pressure, create blood clots, spasms, pain, bladder and bowel problems, sexual dysfunction and a host of other issues.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own and suffered a fractured vertebra, contact our team at Cueria Law Firm. Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys are ready to work for you. We will review your case and provide insight as to if you should fight for compensation based on the incident and injuries you endured.