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A Severed Spinal Cord Personal Injury Claim

If you suffered a severed spinal cord injury that was brought about by an accident that was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another party (person or persons, group, company or organization), you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. However, in order to receive the compensation that you deserve for your severed spinal cord injury, in nearly all instances, you will need the representation of a personal injury attorney.

Somewhere around 10,000 new spinal cord injuries take place every year in the United States. There are around 250,000 people that are affected with a spinal cord injury at the current time.

Young men


A severed spinal cord can happen to anyone at any time in life. However, this type of injury occurs most often to a man who is between the ages of 19 and 26. 50% of all spinal cord injuries take place in a motor vehicle accident. 20% of these injuries occur from a fall, 15% from an act of violence and 14% from a sporting accident. Alcohol or other drug abuse plays a significant role in the majority of these type of accidents.

Your spinal cord is composed of a thin, long tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells. It extends from the medulla oblongata of your brain to the space between your first and second lumbar vertebrae. Your spinal cord does not cover the whole length of your vertebral column.

Transmitting nerve signals from your brain to the rest of your body is the main task of your spinal cord. However, your spinal cord also does three other important things. It:

Serves as a conduit for sensory information that runs up it
Serves as a conduit for motor information that runs down it
Serves as a center for coordinating certain of your reflexes.

When there is a break in the network of nerve cells in your spine, a severed spinal cord is the result. When this occurs, partial or total paralysis takes place in the area of your body that is below the point where the damage occurred to your spinal cord. However, this is determined by the degree of impairment and the level of injury to your spinal cord.

The signs and symptoms that you experience with a severed spinal cord also depend on  the degree of impairment and the level of your injury, as well as whether your spinal cord was totally or partially severed. Signs and symptoms include:

Paralysis
Loss of sensation
Incontinence (loss of bladder and bowel control)
Sexual dysfunction in men
Deep venous thrombosis
Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
Contracture and spasticity.

Again, if you have suffered a severed spinal cord injury as the result of an accident that was due to another party’s negligence or carelessness, you are well aware of how devastating and disabling this injury can be. In fact, it may have caused you to be permanently and totally disabled.

In order to receive the compensation that you deserve for your injury, contact a personal injury attorney who will evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.