Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day is on Friday 19th May 2017 and is used to increase the understanding as well as raising the profile of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries are always serious and often life altering. Spinal injuries can result in paralysis which can affect the victims of an accident and their families for their rest of their lives. Thankfully a spinal injury claim could win the compensation required to allow the victim to continue to live a healthy and happy life.
What is a spinal cord injury (SCI)?
The spinal cord connects nearly all parts of the body with the brain and is made up of a thick bundle of nerves. If the spinal cord becomes damaged, the communication between our brain and the rest of the body can be disrupted. The spinal cord injury can be temporary or permanent.
What causes a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries may result from a trauma such as a motor vehicle accident, industrial accidents, accidents at work, sports injuries and violence, among other causes. Spinal cord injuries can also be caused as a result of an infection or disease such as polio or spina bifida (a condition where the spine does not develop properly, leaving a gap in the spine).
How does a spinal cord injury affect the body?
The extent of a spinal cord injury depends on where the injury has taken place e.g. the higher up the damage occurs, the more dysfunction the person will experience.
The effects of a spinal cord injury may include the following:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Pain or intense stinging sensation
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
It is important to understand that each person’s recovery from a spinal cord injury is different. Even those who have damaged their spinal cord in the same place may experience different types of loss of movement and sensation. It is estimated that it takes approximately two years for people with spinal injuries to reach their full potential following the injury. Unfortunately, there are no repairs available for spinal cord injuries but research into this continues.
At Stephensons we have specialist solicitors who have years of experience in securing compensation for spinal injuries. The sooner you contact our serious injury solicitors, the sooner we can begin to assist you in not only investigating and maximising the financial aspect of your claim but also to assist in providing practical support and other services to help you and your family adapt to a dramatically altered lifestyle. For free initial advice speak to our legal team on 0175 321 6399.
By Sarah Masters, Trainee Solicitor