Spine Injuries and Lifelong Disability
By Michael Verna on January 31, 2017
Spine injuries can be devastating. Even a minor spine injury can lead to chronic pain or lifelong disability. When a spinal cord injury has occurred as a result of someone else's negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Those who are coping with spine injuries and lifelong disability and living in the San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, and Oakland, CA areas are encouraged to contact the attorneys of Bowles & Verna, LLP to explore their legal options.
Types of Spine Injuries
There are different types of spinal cord injuries with varying severity. For some, a spine injury may cause mild pain, while others may suffer from debilitating pain or complete loss of movement that can prevent them from ever returning to work. Some common spinal cord injuries include:
- Herniated disc: A herniated disc occurs when the soft internal area of a spinal disc pushes through the spinal disc's hard exterior casing. A herniated disc can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms or legs.
- Bulging discs: Bulging discs may occur when the outer layer of a spinal disc protrudes, or bulges, into the spinal cavity. Bulging discs cause similar symptoms as herniated discs.
- Degenerative disc disease: Degenerative disc disease occurs when the tissue making up the spinal discs breaks down. Degenerative disc disease may be symptomless or can lead to pinched nerves, causing pain, weakness, and loss of spinal flexibility.
- Pinched nerves: Pinched nerves generally occur as a result of another spinal injury, like degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, or bulging discs. A nerve may become pinched, causing pain and weakness, from the pressure of nearby muscles, tendons, bones, or cartilage.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia can occur after a spinal cord injury, resulting in the loss of movement, and sometimes feeling, in the lower half of the body.
- Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia, also called tetraplegia, is the loss of muscle function of all four limbs that can occur after a spinal cord injury.
Common Causes of Spine Injuries
A spinal cord injury can happen in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a wrong move, temporary lapse of judgment, or someone else's negligence to lead to a life changing spinal cord injury. Some common causes include:
- Automobile or motorcycle accident
- Acts of violence
- Work-related injury
- Sports-related injury
- Medical or surgical malpractice
Spinal Injury and Lifelong Disability
Even if a spinal injury doesn't result in paralysis, it can lead to chronic pain and lifelong disability. For some, a spinal injury may make it impossible to return to work. If you or a loved one has suffered from a spinal injury caused by someone else's negligence, working with a personal injury lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation you're entitled to. A personal injury lawyer will work on your behalf to recoup lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
For more information about your legal rights regarding spinal cord injuries and lifelong disability, contact our personal injury attorneys.