Quadriplegia and Paraplegia
What Is A Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injury?
The most common serious injury suffered by victims of an auto accident, truck accident, boat accident, motorcycle accident or other vehicle accident in Georgia is a neck, back or spinal cord injury. Charles Scholle and the legal team at Scholle Law has significant experience in the successful representation of victims of these serious injuries.
Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious, requiring immediate medical attention. Symptoms depend on the trauma’s severity and location: with a "complete spinal cord injury" the nerves do not function at any point below the injury; and with a "partial spinal cord injury" there is some nerve function below the injury.
Understanding vertebrae anatomy is important in understanding how the spinal cord can be injured. We have 4 movable vertebrae: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar. The spinal nerves wind through the spinal canal. The cervical vertebrae are located in the neck, the thoracic are located in the upper back and the lumbar are located in the lower back. Vertebrae are numbered in sequential order so that C1 is the top cervical vertebrae and C7 is the bottom, just above the thoracic vertebrae that begin with T1 and so on. An injury occurring higher up the spinal cord results in relatively more paralysis than one in the lower vertebrae.
A complete spinal cord injury in the C1 region is considered a catastrophic spinal injury and could affect a victim's breathing and result in quadriplegia – the paralysis of all limbs. A compete injury in the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae might result in paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs. Other symptoms of spinal cord injuries could include: stiffness or spasticity of the affected arms or legs, loss of bowel or bladder control and sexual dysfunction.
Spinal cord injuries are usually treated in three distinct phases:
- Stabilization of the injury and minimization of further injury to the spinal cord;
- Rehabilitation of the injury so the patient can function at maximum mobility;
- Coping with the injury and life changes resulting from permanent impairments.
Avoid Movement After A Possible Spinal Cord Injury
More than 10,000 American suffer serious spinal injuries each year often from automobile, truck, motorcycle and boating accidents. If you are injured in an accident, even if you don't feel seriously hurt, seek medical attention immediately. If the injury is a complete spinal cord injury, you will likely have no choice. Even with a partial spine injury, it is vital to wait for an ambulance. Adrenaline may cause you to feel stronger and less injured than you really are. You can make the injury worse if you don't stop moving immediately. First responders have the expertise to stabilize victims to avoid movement of any kind.
For more information about back injuries go to: Herniated or Bulging Disc Injuries in Georgia Accident Cases.
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Charles Scholle and the lawyers and legal professionals at Scholle Law, are experienced accident attorneys with the expertise and compassion to help quadriplegic and paraplegic accident victims. We represent our clients with tenacity and sensitivity, knowing that serious spine injury victims have suffered a tragic and catastrophic life change. We manage these cases to ensure that our clients have the least amount of stress from litigation, so they can focus their energies on dealing with the many changes in their lives. We have close communication with our clients, keeping them informed we progress.
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