Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels from your brain along your vertebrae and down to your extremities. Because it is responsible for transmitting the brain impulses that control your body’s movements, injury to your spinal cord can leave you paralyzed.
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Role of Your Spinal Cord
Your spinal cord is the organ of your central nervous system that sends signals from your brain to the rest of the body, while also helping to control your internal organs like your liver and stomach. Although your vertebrae cover and protect your spinal cord, if you suffer trauma to your neck, back or skull, this can damage and even rupture that delicate cord. This trauma inhibits these nerve impulses, causing you to lose feeling and mobility below the point of injury.
In the United States, more than 2 million people are paralyzed. Because paralysis typically prevents you from moving your arms or legs (or both), people with severe spinal cord injuries experience a significantly decreased quality of life. If you have become paralyzed, you may not be able to find work or enjoy life in the ways you did prior to your accident.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
When your spinal cord is injured, it swells. The swelling is what causes the paralysis. Sometimes when the swelling goes down, you may regain movement and use of your extremities.
There are two main forms of paralysis:
Paraplegia: this form of paralysis occurs when victims have no feeling and are unable to move any lower part of their bodies, usually below your torso.
Quadriplegia: this form of paralysis occurs when victims are not able to move their arms and legs.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation are essential to help improve function. Sadly, some people will never completely recover from their paralysis. Additionally, paralysis victims may be in recovery for months, or even a year or longer and never regain mobility.
Leading Cause of Paralysis
The leading cause of paralysis is motor vehicle accidents. Trauma resulting from an automobile accident can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. Statistics reveal that about 55 percent of all paralysis cases are caused by some type of motor vehicle crash; car accidents, motorcycle accidents or truck accidents.
The personal injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. are here to help you get the money you deserve for your paralysis injury. If you live in the Chicago area and have suffered a catastrophic injury that has left you paralyzed, please call or email our office today. We offer free consultations and will never charge unless we get money for you.
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