What are the Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?

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Injuries to the neck or back can result in serious damage to the spinal cord, causing long-lasting or permanent injuries. Spinal cord injuries can range from a minor bruise to a much more serious partial or complete tear. A mild contusion could cause the temporary loss of some function below the site of the injury. However, when the spinal cord is severed, it causes a total loss of sensation and movement below the site of the injury.

Spinal cord injuries are often caused by car accidents, medical malpractice, surgical errors, dangerous workplaces, and other types of negligence and recklessness. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in New York that was caused by someone else, you might be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other losses. At Finz & Finz, P.C., our legal team has built a reputation for consistently securing favorable verdicts and settlements for spinal cord injury victims. Call now at 855-TOP-FIRM for a free and confidential consultation.

What is the Spinal Cord?

The spinal cord is an intricate system of nerves that runs through the back, transmitting messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The cord is protected by the spinal column, which is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are discs of cartilage, and between the discs are passages through which the nerves exit to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is organized into segments, and each segment marks locations where spinal nerves emerge from the cord. There are four segments to the spinal cord are as follows:

  • Cervical segment—C1-C7
  • Thoracic segment—T1-T12
  • Lumbar segment—L1 –L5
  • Sacral segment, which forms the sacrum at the base of the spine

If you sustain a spinal cord injury toward the upper part of the spine, it may affect your ability to move and feel your arms and legs. This is known as quadriplegia. When a spinal cord injury makes you unable to control or feel your lower limbs, it’s called paraplegia.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

 Symptoms of A Spinal Cord Injury

Identifying the common signs and symptoms of spinal cord injuries is critical. Spinal cord injuries usually do not result from a penetrating injury. Most occur because of swelling or bruising on the spinal cord. Symptoms may not be immediately obvious. If you seek medical treatment right at the symptoms, you may be able to prevent serious injury. Listed below are common symptoms of spinal cord injuries. This list is not all-inclusive.

  • Loss of feeling in the arms, chest, or legs
  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Loss of movement
  • Trouble maintaining balance or walking
  • Spasms or exaggerated reflexes
  • Severe pain in the head, back, or neck
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness in hands, fingers, legs, or feet
  • Muscle weakness or complete loss of function
  • Severe headaches
  • Twisted or oddly positioned neck or back
  • Digestive problems
  • Change in sexual function
  • Joint or nerve pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss

 Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

The two main categories of spinal cord injuries are incomplete and complete.

  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries. These occur when the cord is partially damaged. Incomplete spinal cord injuries permit the victim to have some function depending on how serious the damage.
  • Complete spinal cord injuries. These occur when the spinal cord is completely damaged, and there is a total loss of function. It might be possible to regain some function in certain cases if medical treatment and therapies are successful.

How Our New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help

Choosing a spinal cord injury lawyer is a very important decision. An experienced New York spinal cord injury lawyer can help you identify all responsible parties and maximize the possible compensation that you can recover. At Finz & Finz, P.C., on Long Island, our legal team will consult with medical experts to help build the strongest case possible. We will thoroughly investigate how your spinal cord injury occurred so we can pursue maximum compensation from all the liable parties.

Taking care of a spinal cord injury claim by yourself is extremely difficult, especially when you are dealing with severe pain. These types of injury claims are often complex. Don’t try to do it alone. Seek experienced legal representation from Finz & Finz, P.C. Our legal team is committed to fighting to protect your rights and recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Types of Compensation

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in New York, retaining an experienced spinal cord injury attorney can make a significant difference in the aftermath of the accident.

You might be able to collect compensation for a variety of losses, including:

  • Medical bills (past and future)
  • Expenses for surgeries, physical therapy, and rehabilitative services
  • Cost of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and respirators
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Cost of necessary ongoing personal care
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Contact a New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A spinal cord injury can leave you with serious physical and emotional pain. These injuries are among the most severe. If you sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, Finz & Finz, P.C. on Long Island is prepared to help. Our highly skilled and compassionate New York spinal cord injury lawyers will investigate the facts surrounding your accident as we build your case against the at-fault party. Call 855-TOP-FIRM today for a free, no-obligation consultation.