Pasadena Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Consult a Pasadena Attorney About Your Spinal Cord Case
Spinal cord injuries are caused by different types of accidents. These include, but are not limited to, car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and truck accidents. However, what is common to all types of spinal cord injury claims is negligence. In other words, your spinal cord injury must have been caused by someone’s negligence, either an individual, a group of people, an entity, or even a product manufacturer or distributor.
Regardless of the type of accident and specific circumstances that caused your spinal cord injury, at West Coast Trial Lawyers we have skilled spinal cord injury attorneys readily available to assist you with your injury. Our Pasadena personal injury law firm has won over 5,000 cases, thus accumulating more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients.
There are no financial risks involved when utilizing our services. Additionally, no fees will be charged until your case has been won or settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 to schedule a free consultation with our Pasadena spinal cord injury attorneys by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected]Types Of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord has four sections that are at risk of being damaged, as illustrated below:
- Cervical spinal cord. This section is located at the top of the spinal cord. There are seven vertebrae in the neck (C1 to C7). Damaging this area could result in severe injuries because of the proximity to the brain. Injuries may also be fatal. The individual may experience an “absent” feeling below the neck or shoulders. Those who injure their cervical spinal cord may be at risk of permanent or partial loss of sensory function. Once the swelling of the injury decreases and the necessary medical treatment has been completed, the recovery stage will take place. This consists of:
- Taking steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the swelling.
- Stabilizing the injured area.
- Rehabilitation to help the individual re-learn body movement.
- 24/7 care for the rest of their life. This is mainly for those who suffered severe cervical spinal cord injury and have no chance of fully recovering.
- Lumbar spinal cord. The lumbar spine is located right below the cervical spine and includes five vertebrae (L1 to L5) included. The lumbar spinal cord carries most of the weight. This is why it has the largest vertebrae. If an individual injures their lumbar spinal cord, they will lose function around their hips and legs. They may also experience a loss of control with their bladder or bowel movements, and no impact is inflicted on the upper body. The recovery process of a lumbar spinal cord injury depends on what nerves were affected and the severity of the impact. Generally, this type of injury is not fatal. Rehabilitation centers are generally the go-to spot to help with the recovery process.
- Thoracic spinal cord. This section is found under the lumbar. It contains twelve vertebrae (T-1 to T-12).
- T-1 to T-5 nerves. This will affect the muscles, abdominal muscles, mid-back, and upper chest. These nerves support the rib cage, lungs, diaphragm, and muscles to help the individual breathe.
- T-6 to T-12 nerves. This will impact the back and abdominal muscles. These nerves help with maintaining proper balance and posture. They may also help with coughing to get the foreign matter out of the airway.
An individual suffering from thoracic spinal cord injury may be diagnosed with paraplegia. Another issue could be having little to no control over bowel or bladder movements. It is important for the individual to seek medical attention. A physician will help by providing instructions that must be followed in order to have an easier recovery process. If your injury was not severe, you may complete self-care treatment at home. Here are some important tips to follow.
- Be cautious of your surroundings.
- Move slowly.
- Put on a back brace to help with stabilization.
- Attend physical therapy sessions to regain strength.
- Apply ice or heat to the affected area. The doctor will instruct you to do one or the other, depending on the type of injury. Ice can be used to reduce pain and swelling. The heat will help reduce muscle spasms. Consult with your doctor on which treatment would be more beneficial for your injury.
- Sacral spinal cord. This is found in the lowest area of the spinal cord. The sacral spinal cord has five bones combined together that form triangular-shaped nerves. Each of these nerves affects a different part of the body.
- S1 nerves. Affect the hip and groin.
- S2 nerves. Affect the back part of the thighs.
- S3 nerves. Affect the buttocks.
- S4 nerves. Affect perineal.
Generally, it is rare for an individual to experience this injury. It occurs from a serious fall or trauma. Loss of function in the hips and legs is a common side effect. Additionally, the individual will have a difficult time controlling their bowel or bladder functions.
Regardless of how severe the injury is, you should still seek medical attention by a physician. They will help determine what type of treatment is applicable to your injury. At
home-remedies are a common solution to heal from a sacral spinal cord injury.
- Apply a cold pack wrapped in a washcloth on the injured area for 10 to 20 minutes. Do this every 1 to 2 hours for 3 days.
- Avoid sitting on hard surfaces.
- Try not to get constipation. This will increase the pain.
- Eat fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains for their high fiber. Drink a lot of water, too.
If you experienced a spinal cord injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers will get you assigned to one of our experienced Pasadena spinal cord injury attorney to handle your case. With over $1 billion in settlements won for our clients, we are confident that you will be satisfied with our services. To schedule a free appointment with our Pasadena spinal cord injury attorneys, contact our legal team by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected].