Spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control over voluntary movement and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity such as breathing and other activities such as bowel and bladder control. Symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction may also develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bed sores.
The leading causes of SCI vary by age. Among persons under age 65, automobile and other motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause. Among persons over 65, falls cause most SCIs. Other causes include:
- Extreme twisting of the trunk
- Sports injuries (landing on head)
- Workplace accidents
- Diving accidents
- Electric shock
- Bullet or stab wounds
Injuries to the spinal cord can be severe and life-altering. Rice & Bloomfield understand that after going through such trauma, it is necessary for you to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injuries. Our attorneys will discuss your situation with you and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
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