Spinal Cord Injury Basics
As the carrier of messages between the brain and the body, the spinal cord plays a vital role in your ability to use your limbs and lead an active life. But the flexibility and overall design of the spinal cord makes it susceptible to injury in many situations, such as the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- On-the-job activities
- Violent criminal acts
WebMD provides comprehensive online information about the symptoms, outcomes and treatments of spinal cord injury (SCI). But if you suffer any degree of back pain from these or other circumstances, you need to understand that early symptoms can be signs of more serious delayed onset injuries. You need to seek immediate medical attention to determine if your injury represents a minor muscle strain or sprain that you can expect to heal with rest — or if you need medical treatment to help prevent chronic pain or even partial or full paralysis.
In the most severe cases, SCI can have a profound affect on virtually every aspect of your future life, limiting your ability to earn a living and potentially requiring extensive medical treatment, therapy and personal care. In an instant, a needless accident can result in extensive expenses while severely reducing your quality of life.
If you or a loved one sustains SCI due to the negligent or willful behavior of other parties, you need to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand the available options for pursuing compensation.