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Compassionate Representation for Spinal Injury Victims
The back is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body in car accidents, falls, and workplace accidents.
Back injuries can affect the vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and the spinal cord. Injuries to the back are nearly always painful, and they can severely restrict your activities and interfere with your ability to work, perform household tasks, and participate in sports or leisure activities. In the worst cases, where the spinal cord is involved, the result is usually paralysis.
Spinal Cord Injuries — Spinal cord injuries are the most catastrophic and life-changing of all back injuries. When the spinal cord is injured, the result is usually total or partial paralysis below the point of injury. When the injury is to the lower part of your spine, you will lose the use of your legs and the entire lower portion of your body. This is called paraplegia. If the damage to the spinal cord is in your upper body or neck, the paralysis will affect all four limbs. This condition is called quadriplegia.
When you’ve suffered an injury to your spinal cord, it is likely that you’ll be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. You may never be able to return to your previous job and may require personal care and assistance with the most basic life tasks. You will probably need to make alterations to your home and vehicle to accommodate your disability and will need to work with an occupational therapist to learn ways to adjust to your severely restricted circumstances.
A broken back is an injury in which the vertebrae are fractured or dislocated, often as the result of a motor vehicle accident or fall. If bone fragments damage the spinal cord, paralysis may result.
The most common fractures of the spine occur in the thoracic and lumbar spine (middle and lower back) or at the thoracolumbar junction, where the two sections join. These fractures are typically caused by a high-impact car accident or a fall from a high place as in a construction accident and often require surgery to decompress the spine and prevent damage to the spinal cord.
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, is an injury that can occur in a car accident—especially a rear-end collision—as well as in a fall, sports accident, or other accident. The gelatinous material that forms a cushion between the vertebrae bulge out and presses against the surrounding spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the nerve.
A back strain often occurs when the force of an impact in an accident causes a muscle or a tendon connecting muscle to bone to stretch further than normal or to tear.
Both sprains and strains are painful and restrict your range of motion, along with the ability to perform many common tasks.
When you’ve suffered a back injury in an accident of any kind, whether it is life-changing, life-threatening, or painful, you should consult an experienced back injury lawyer to learn about your legal options for recovering compensation. Serving Foley, Daphne, Mobile, and all of Alabama, the personal injury lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana have the skill, experience, and commitment to justice to obtain a fair recovery for you.
Call (251) 444-7000 today for a free case evaluation.