A car accident, a workplace injury, a slip and fall. Any of these incidents might cause significant damage to your back, and you may seek medical attention as a result. Melbourne is a city focusing on high-tech and defense, but also has a burgeoning tourism industry, drawing motorists from all over the state. This could lead to an accident that might leave you reeling from a spinal cord injury.
A minor spinal cord injury can cause weakness, tingling, and may require surgery. A more serious spinal cord injury can cause paralysis and might be impossible to repair with our current technology. For these reasons, any spinal cord injury is a serious matter.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in Melbourne, Morgan & Morgan’s Melbourne attorneys work tirelessly to get results for their clients, and they may be able to help you. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more today.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is one of the most critical parts of the body, allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. It is protected by muscle, bone, cartilage, and fluid. Despite this protection, it’s still quite vulnerable in accidents.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal injuries in the United States. However, falls from heights and injuries during recreational activities are also common. In any given year, there are roughly 12,500 spinal cord injuries in the United States.
Violent movements, like in a car accident, can cause vertebral bones in the spine or discs cushioning those bones to move, putting pressure on the spinal cord and in other nerve roots. In some cases, the spinal cord could be completely severed, causing tremendous damage.
Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in a variety of associated damages, including:
- Pain, weakness, or loss of feelings in the hands or legs depending on the injury area;
- Loss of sensation, including ability to feel heat, cold, or touch;
- Incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and other bowel conditions;
- Changes in fertility or sexual function; and
- Difficulty breathing.
This list is not exhaustive. Spinal cord injuries can rob individuals of most of their feeling, ability to control parts of their body, and even result in death. A victim of paraplegia or another serious condition as a result of an injury can expect to incur more than $500,000 in medical and other expenses in the first year and nearly $70,000 each year thereafter. This makes fair compensation of crucial importance, so as to best maintain your quality of life.
Melbourne Spinal Cord Injury Victims Can Rely on a Strong Attorney
Even a minor or moderate back injury can entail a long and expensive recovery, often requiring surgery and necessitating time missed from work. When your life has been altered by a spinal injury caused by another’s negligence, our Melbourne personal injury attorneys can help ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or otherwise due to another’s negligence, Morgan & Morgan can help you understand your options with a risk-free, no-cost case evaluation.