Spinal cord injuries result from either direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly from damage to surrounding bones, tissue or blood vessels.
The injury may be complete or partial:
- if the spinal cord is completely severed, it cannot send messages below the level of injury, resulting in paralysis of the area.
- if the spinal cord is not completely severed, it can send messages below the level of injury, and there will be some movement and feeling in the area.
Spinal cord injuries, referred to as "SCIs", are suffered by more than 10,000 people in the United States each year. Many of them do not realize the importance of speaking with a lawyer who specializes in spinal injuries or spinal cord injuries.
Leading causes of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents and falls, with males accounting for more than 80% of this category of injury.
Spinal cord injuries can affect a person's ability to live independently, to work in a chosen field, and to develop social relationships. Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries must also be aware of their increased risk of serious consequences resulting from pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms, and blood poisoning.
The effects of a spinal or spinal cord injury usually goes far beyond simply an inability to walk. Difficulty with bowel and/or bladder function, pressure sores, loss of sexual function, emotional devastation are just a few of the life-altering sequelae of spinal or spinal cord injuries.
Practicing in New York, Boston, and surrounding areas, attorney Scott Charnas has experience in putting together a team of experts who can help fully analyze the physical, emotional and economic cost of any type of spinal injury or Spinal Cord Injury. He will be there for you and your family, to help guide you through the legal process, and offers a free consultation to review the details of your case.