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Spinal cord injury to the back after a car accident

Answers to frequently asked questions on SCI and examines the devastating effects for auto accident victims

A spinal cord injury to the back can be one of the most serious and life-altering injuries that an auto accident victim can suffer. To speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer now, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. There is no fee or obligation.

Below are some FAQs about spinal cord injury.

What is a spinal cord injury to the back?

A spinal cord injury to the back occurs when an auto accident victim’s thoracic (chest or mid-back) or lumbar (lower back) spinal cord is injured.

The spinal cord is the column of bones (which are called “vertebrae”) that contains and protects the nerves that run from a person’s brain to the different parts of the person’s body.

An injury to the spinal cord can impair, interfere with or sever the nerves protected by the spinal column vertebrae, which means that the brain’s messages to various parts of the body will not be delivered and, thus, functioning and feeling in those areas may be impaired or stopped all together.

How can a spinal cord injury to the back affect an auto accident victim?

A spinal cord injury to the back can cause the victim to lose all or some motor function (ability to control movement) and sensation (feeling) below the injury site, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those conditions are referred to as complete and incomplete paralysis, respectively.

Accordingly, a spinal cord injury to an auto accident victim’s mid- or lower back could affect his or her chest, abdomen, legs, bowel, bladder control and sexual function.

Paralysis that affects “the lower half of the body,” i.e., all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs, is called paraplegia.

What causes a spinal cord injury to the back?

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries to the back in the United States are motor vehicle accidents: “auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.”

The auto accident causes trauma to a victim’s spine which fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the vertebrae in the victim’s back.

Here’s information on diagnostic imaging, treatment and recovery for various back injuries.

What are my options for recovery with back injury?

If you are suffering from spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. Damages may include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.

There is no downside to contacting an injury lawyer with questions about your spinal cord injury and your rights. Most good injury lawyers will not charge you a fee to answer questions.

Can a spinal cord injury lawyer help me?

Spinal cord injuries require extensive treatment costs, so it’s important to consult with an injury attorney who has experience handling spinal cord injury lawsuits. No other personal injury law firm in Michigan has as much experience, or has achieved the record-breaking verdicts and settlements in spinal cord injuries as Michigan Auto Law.

Call Michigan Auto Law. Our spinal cord injury attorneys are here for you.

If you have concerns about your spinal cord injury or your car accident, call us at (800) 777-0028. We can answer all of your questions. You can also fill out our consultation form.

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