A trustworthy Rhode Island spinal cord injury lawyer comments on spinal cord injury causes, treatments, and what to do if you have suffered with a spinal cord injury.
The typical spinal cord injuries are called compression and contusion.
Contusion is when the spinal cord is bruised and compression is the result of pressure on the spinal cord.
Other spinal cord injuries include central cord syndrome or damage to the corticospinal tracts in the cervical region and lacerations or severing/tearing or nerve fibers.
Rhode Island Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer | Spinal Cord Injury Side Effects
Consequently, serious spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis (loss of control of muscles) and even loss of feeling and reflex function below the injury. This loss of function can be as severe as no control over breathing, bowel, or bladder control.
Other symptoms of spinal cord injury can be pain and sensitivity, sexual dysfunction, and muscle spasms. Spinal cord injury patients have are also more prone to lung and bladder infections as well as bed sores.
Causes For SCI
As a Rhode Island spinal cord injury lawyer, I know how common these injuries are. Every year there are 8,000 new spinal cord injuries diagnosed. More than 80% of these are in men between the ages of 60 and 30.
Sadly, there are 450,000 people in the U.S. living with spinal cord injuries. There are many causes for SCI but they vary for age.
For those who are under the age of 65, car and other motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause. For those over this age, the leading cause is falls.. Some other causes include:
- Diving accidents
- Bullet or Stab wounds
- Workplace accidents
- Electric shock
- Sport injuries
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer | Treatment
If it is suspected that the patient may have a spinal cord injury, an MRI or myelogram, and a CT scan may be used as diagnostic scans. The immediate medical treatment should be focused on stabilizing the spine as well as treatment with corticosteroid drugs to limit any further damage.
After the initial injury has been healed, there may be functional improvements over the following six months. After that time has passes, the remaining disability will most likely be permanent.
Long term treatments include an intense rehabilitation program, nutritional management, psychological counseling, occupational therapy, and careful monitoring by doctors.
Injuries of the spinal cord can be life altering and severe. But at the Kevin P Landry Law Offices we understand what you are going through. We know that your immediate needs after going through this trauma is to have your medical bills covered.
We will make sure you do not financially suffer through lost wages and other financial setbacks. We will discuss your case and go over your options with you.
We will also work with the other parties and insurance companies involved to make sure your needs are met. If you have suffered with a spinal cord injury our Rhode Island spinal cord injury lawyer will meet you in your home, office or hospital at your request.
We will worry about your well-being before considering anything else. Our extensive experience in spinal cord injury cases will get you the compensation you deserve.