All body parts have a function and sometimes it is not until a person hurts a certain body part that they realize what that function is. The amount of pain or problems caused by an injury depends on what is hurt and how bad it is hurt. If someone scrapes a knee, it may cause some irritation, but it won't have a major impact on his or her life. However, if someone hurts the spinal cord, it can completely change their life.
The spinal cord carries the messages from the brain to the various parts of the body. If the spinal cord is damaged, those messages may not be able to get through. This means that one may be not be able to move arms or legs and it also has an effect on other bodily functions as well. Some common problems caused by spinal cord injuries are quadriplegia, paraplegia, loss of bladder control, loss of the ability to breath on one's own, loss of feeling and others.
Some of these problems can improve through treatment and rehabilitation, but in many cases, the person will never fully recover from the injury. Obviously this completely changes a person's life. They may no longer be able to work, perform daily tasks or participate in the activities they love.
In addition to preventing people from doing the things they are used to doing, spinal cord injuries can also be very costly. There are extensive medical bills associated with the initial hospital stay and rehabilitation. Also, if the victim is unable to work, he or she will have no income, making life very difficult on both the victim and his or her family.
Victims of spinal cord injuries may be able to receive compensation for their injuries, however. The attorneys at our firm understand the devastation that a spinal cord injury can cause the victim. We perform thorough investigations into what caused the injury and can help victims obtain the compensation they deserve. For more information on how our attorneys can help, please visit our spinal cord injury page on our website.