At Cueria Law Firm, we represent individuals who have suffered from personal injury, including spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury is a serious condition that can lead to partial or full paralysis of the full body or parts of the body. A car accident, fall from a great height or work-related accident can result in a spinal cord injury. When your spine is injured, it can lead to major difficulty in everyday functions. You will need regular medical care along with rehabilitation or other therapies to try and learn how to live in your present condition or work on relearning skills.
Common Side Effects
The spinal cord is protected by the spinal column. The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae that have a hole at the center where the spinal cord runs through. If the vertebrae are injured, the spinal cord can be affected, which results in delays in brain function. The type of side effects you face will depend on the type of spinal injury you are subject to. An injury to the neck area can result in paralysis of the entire body, including the arms and legs. An injury to the mid to lower back can result in paralysis of the lower extremities.
Side effects common to a spinal cord injury include:
- Breathing difficulty—a ventilator may be needed when the spinal cord is damaged in certain areas of the body.
- Low Blood Pressure/Irregular Heartbeat—in the cervical region of the body, a spinal cord injury can result in blood pressure that is unstable or an irregular heartbeat.
- Blood Clots—an individual with a spinal cord injury has an increased risk of developing blood clots
- Spasms—when damage occurs to the spinal cord, the brain stops regulating reflexes to the body as information is not relayed properly. This can lead to spastic movement.
- Pressure Sores—constant pressure can cause the skin tissue of the body to break down. An individual with a spinal cord injury that is paralyzed cannot move on their own which can see pressure sores created if the individual is not moved or rotated properly
- Pain—neurogenic pain can be caused due to nerve damage from the spinal cord injury
- Problems with bladder/bowel control—in most cases, a spinal cord injury will affect the bowel and bladder function of the body. A catheter may be needed for bladder control and a bowel program created
- Sexual Function issues—men are more greatly affected by sexual function issues when paralyzed. Men can have difficulty achieving an erection or ejaculating. Women can still become pregnant and carry the child to term.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury by the negligent actions of someone else, contact our law office today. Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys are ready to work for you. Medical care and rehabilitation can be costly. With compensation awarded to you, the proper care can be provided.