Because the spinal cord is closely associated with physical functioning, spinal cord injuries can be very serious. Every spinal cord injury is unique unto itself, and every victim is uniquely affected by such an injury. Spinal cord injuries are highly complex, and there are several risk factors or effects that you may not be aware of, such as the following:
Men Are More Likely to Suffer from Spinal Cord Injuries
Approximately 82 percent of spinal cord victims in the United States are men between the ages of 16 and 30, and most of their injuries are caused by car accidents, physical violence, and falls.
Even with Paralyzation, Involuntary Leg Movements Can Occur
Many people assume that paralyzation (such as quadriplegia or paraplegia) means that all leg movement has ended. Even with severe spinal injuries, however, the nervous system can elicit involuntary leg movements. Additionally, the quality and amount of movement and feeling that a person experiences depends on where the spinal cord is damaged.
Spinal Cord Injuries Can Alter the Victim’s Internal Thermostat
People who suffer from spinal cord injuries often have a hard time regulating their body temperature. The spinal cord functions as a messenger between the brain and the body that communicates fluctuations in temperature. When this messaging is damaged, the brain can’t tell the body how to moderate its temperature. People describe this as taking a very long time to warm up when cold and taking a very long time to cool off when hot.
Some Paraplegics and Quadriplegics Can’t Cough
People who suffer from paralysis are paralyzed everywhere below their spinal cord injury, and their abdominal and chest muscles are often affected. This can lead to difficulty breathing, coughing, and clearing phlegm. In fact, respiratory failure is a leading cause of death among those who suffer from spinal cord injuries.
Your Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can be extremely serious and are often physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a skilled personal injury attorney to fight for your legal rights and your rightful compensation.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, the results can be catastrophic. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with an experienced Richmond personal injury attorney. The legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, skill, dedication, and compassion to help you through this especially difficult time and to fight for the compensation that you need and deserve. We will analyze your case, explain your legal rights and options, and guide you through the legal process toward your claim’s best possible outcome. We’re here to help, so contact or call us at 804-358-1568 for an initial consultation today.