A Spinal Cord Injury (“SCI”), is damage to the spinal cord that can result in a loss of function such as mobility and/or feeling. There are a variety of ways that an SCI can occur, with the most common being an external trauma (car accident, falls, etc..). While not nearly as prevalent, non-traumatic injury to the spinal cord is a possibility from causes such as tumors, blood loss, or stenosis. Unfortunately, the results of these injuries are often very painful, and often can be debilitating.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there were 17,810 new cases of SCIs in 2020 alone, while an estimated 294,000 Americans are currently living with SCI problems.
An SCI occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord that blocks the communication from the brain to the body. Effects of SCI may include:
*Loss of movement
*Loss of sensation
*Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
*Exaggerated reflex actions or spasms
*Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
*Pain or intense stinging sensation
A serious spinal cord injury isn’t always obvious at first. It is wise to assume that someone who has experienced a significant trauma to their head or neck may have a spinal injury until proven otherwise.
If you have sustained an SCI due to a work related accident, we highly recommend you consult with an attorney. On top of the challenges you are facing as a result of the injury, you are most likely experiencing a loss of wages and have medical bills piling up. Experienced, exceptional legal help is crucial not only to you, but to your family, and your financial future.
At Shankle Law Firm, we will help you obtain the care and compensation you and your family deserve. For a FREE consultation, please call our law office at 704-370-1212.