West Palm Beach Spine Injury Attorney
A spinal cord injury is one of the most severe types of injuries that a person can sustain. It may lead to paralysis or death, and must be treated by an emergency medical team immediately. Surgery may stabilize the problem in the short term, but serious damage to the spinal cord is permanent and cannot be fixed. This can lead to extreme financial costs for the rest of the victim’s life, and result in loss of joy of life and severe emotional distress. If you were injured by the negligence of another party, you deserve to be fully compensated, and the West Palm Beach spinal injury attorneys at Hale Law can help today.
The vertebral column, which is also called the spinal column, is the “central axis of the skeleton,” according to Science Direct. Made of bone, the vertebrae is one of the main structural supports of the body, and attached to it are many ligaments, nerves, muscles, and shock-absorbing discs. A fracture to the vertebral column (a fractured neck or back) can result in disability due to pain and immobility. If a piece of the vertebrae bone cuts or pinches the spinal column, paralysis can ensue.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury occurs when a bone fragment lacerates or crushes/pinches a part of the spinal cord, which runs directly between the vertebrae body and the processes or wing-like structures. Paralysis can be permanent or temporary, and ranges from full to partial. Full paralysis results in a complete loss of movement and feeling for a given body part. Paralysis can be to one, two, all limbs, the torso, or essentially the entire body.
Why You Need Medical Attention Now If You Have Not Received it Yet
If you suspect you have damage to your vertebrae or spinal cord, you need to seek medical attention immediately, as any slight movement can cause further injury to the spinal cord and permanent paralysis. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include the following, according to the Columbia University Department of Neurology:
- Muscle weakness;
- Problems breathing;
- Loss of feeling in the legs, chest, or arms;
- Loss of voluntary movement; and
- Loss of bowel or bladder function.
A vertebrae injury, broken bone in the back or neck, results in pain and immobility, and can lead to spinal cord injury even if the patient does not have any current spinal cord damage symptoms.
Contact a West Palm Beach Spinal Injury Attorney With Hale Law Today
If you were injured in a traffic collision or other personal injury scenario, and you have suffered a spinal cord injury or fractured vertebrae, the other party must be held accountable. Victims of spinal cord injuries are unfortunately burdened with large medical bills, disability that reduces wage earning, and other high costs associated with paralysis. To hold the negligent party responsible for their actions, contact the West Palm Beach spinal injury attorneys a tHale Law, P.A., today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.