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Spinal Cord Injury

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Injury to the spinal column due to a catastrophic accident in Sacramento can have a long-term impact on you or a family member. Spinal cord trauma can prevent you from performing normal, everyday activities. In some instances, spinal cord damage can be so severe that the patient is permanently disabled.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and pain to the neck and back occurs when a traumatic event damages cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries. They are:

  • Contusion (bruising of the spinal cord) 
  • Compression (caused by pressure on the spinal cord)
Other Spinal Cord Injuries

Other types of injuries include lacerations (severing or tearing of some nerve fibers, such as damage caused by a gunshot wound) and central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of 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.

Other symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction may develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bedsores.

The video below presents an overview of a spinal cord injury.

Causes of Spinal Cord, Back & Neck Injuries

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:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Diving accidents
  • Electric shock
  • Bullet or stab wounds
  • Extreme twisting of the trunk
  • Sports injuries (landing on the head)

Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life-altering. Our Sacramento spinal cord injury attorneys understand that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure the insurance company will pay for future treatment related to your injuries.

Benefits of Working with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

If you need legal assistance, our Sacramento injury attorneys can answer your questions, discuss your situation, and go over the legal options available to you. Our spinal cord injury lawyers in Sacramento can also work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case on your behalf to ensure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

Talk to a Sacramento Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today

If you have suffered an SCI in an accident and would like to discuss your case with an experienced Sacramento spinal cord injury lawyer, contact our law firm at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our attorneys are available anytime to provide free, friendly advice on your legal options for recovery.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 9.16.21]

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