Spinal Cord Injuries
Though the human body is extremely resilient, some injuries truly put it to the test. Spinal cord injury is one of the most potentially serious injuries and has wide-reaching, even devastating, consequences. Auto and motorcycle accidents are most often the cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries. Read on for more information about spinal cord injuries and to learn about spinal cord injury lawyers in NH.
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by many different internal and/or external circumstances. Diseases and side effects from other medical conditions are considered to be internal factors, while trauma from accidents, assaults, gunshot wounds, medical malpractice, slip and fall injuries, and other preventable incidents are considered to be external factors. The extent of spinal cord injury depends on where the spine was injured. Upper nerves are called the cervical area (C-1 through C-8), mid-back nerves are thoracic (T-1 through t-12), and the lower nerves are called lumbar (L-1 through L-5) and sacral (S-1 through S-5). The higher the spinal cord injury,the more areas below are often affected. Though spine injury from whiplash or other incidents does not always affect the spinal cord itself, this condition affects up to 10,500 people each year. Even a whiplash sprain with no further complications can take months to heal.
Spinal cord injuries affect the pathways (or nerve fibers) that communicate with the brain and govern motor skills and sensation within the body. White matter and gray matter within the spine can be injured, leading to a number of medical problems, some of which are irreversible. A "complete" spinal cord injury affects all areas beneath the lowest vertebra that has been injured and involves total lack of neurological function. An "incomplete" spinal cord injury maintains some movement or sensory input below the lowest injured vertebra. Side effects of spinal cord injury can include paralysis, interrupted bladder or bowel function, bone degeneration, muscle spasticity or atrophy, pain, nerve damage that interferes with other functions such as breathing, and more. The life challenges that injured victims face after a spinal cord injury can often lead to depression.
Given the severity and danger of spinal cord injury, it is understandable that victims and their loved ones will wish to pursue legal compensation for the pain, suffering and expense associated with the injury. The party whose negligence caused the injury in question can be taken to task in civil court and forced to pay money to offset the costs of care, future treatment, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Taking control of your future is part of the recovery process, and finding out your legal options can be extremely empowering. However, each circumstance is different and the legal side of a NH spinal cord injury case can also seem daunting and time-consuming. You want a knowledgeable, adept legal team in your corner. A NH lawyers with experience with spinal cord injury cases is critical.
At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., we understand the stakes, and the devastating effects of a spinal cord injury. That's why we fight for our clients in and out of court. Contact an experienced New Hampshire spine injury attorney at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. immediately to help protect your rights. Our toll-free injury helpline is 1.888.511.1010. All consultations are free of charge and always completely confidential.