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A serious back injury can affect the spine, causing a permanent wound. Car accidents, sports injuries, and gunshot wounds are common causes of spinal injuries. These injuries can also be caused by diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

A spinal cord injury refers to damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. Such an injury can be complete or incomplete. A complete injury occurs when all feeling and all ability to control movement are lost below the site of the injury. If you have some motor or sensory function below the injury, it is considered to be incomplete.

A spinal cord injury can cause mobility issues as well as a lifetime of pain and suffering. A person may even be paralyzed and have paraplegia or quadriplegia. They may have to use a wheelchair for the rest of their life. A spinal cord injury can also lead to bowel and bladder dysfunction, decreased sexual function, and breathing problems.

A spinal cord injury comes with many effects. Dealing with all of them can be costly. Contact

Allen Law Firm to assess your situation. See how one of our lawyers can help you deal with the financial effects of such a serious injury.

Symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical help right away:

  • Extreme back pain
  • Pressure in your back, head, or neck
  • Twisted back or neck
  • Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Numbness or tingling in any body part
  • Loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet, or toes
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Breathing difficulties

Complications

You may be concerned about the lifespan of someone with a spinal cord injury. Is it possible to not live as long? Life expectancy depends on the degree of the injury. For the most part, a person who is still alive 24 hours after a spinal cord injury occurs will still be alive 10 years later. The survival rate for 25 years is at 60% and that number continues to climb.

The biggest issue that a person with a spinal cord injury must face is respiratory illnesses. In fact, pneumonia is the leading cause of death. Using a ventilator can increase your risk of developing pneumonia.

Pressure sores are also issues that should be avoided. An untreated pressure sore can lead to hospitalization and could even be fatal.

Contact Allen Law Firm Today

Spinal injuries often have long-term effects. They do not usually heal on their own and there is no cure.

If you or a loved one has been affected, you need to be prepared for a lifetime of rehabilitation. You’ll need a lot of treatment. Allen Law Firm can help you get the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills. Contact our Monterey spinal injuries lawyers to schedule a free consultation. Fill out the online form or call (831) 901-3901.

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