The spinal cord is one of the most sensitive areas of the human body. An injury to the spinal cord can have devastating effects on the body’s ability to move and function properly. Many spinal cord injuries occur during automobile accidents or some other form of bodily trauma. Even minor trauma to the back can cause serious damage to the spinal cord.
It is imperative that a person receive medical treatment immediately after a spinal cord injury. Any improper movements after the spinal cord trauma can further aggravate the injury, leading to more serious complications. For this reason, if you ever suspect that a person has suffered a spinal cord injury, never attempt to move the person unless there is an immediate emergency. Instead, call 911 and allow the paramedics to properly brace the person’s back and neck before any movement is done.
In addition to trauma, spinal cord injuries can also occur in the context of medical malpractice. Surgical procedures in and around the spinal cord require a skilled and expert surgical physician. A physician who lacks the required knowledge or experience should never perform any procedure around the spinal cord. One slight, incorrect movement by the physician during surgery can cause serious injury to the spinal cord, threatening a patient’s ability to ever walk again.
Generally, spinal cord injury patients require significant treatment and rehabilitation. Multiple surgeries may be also necessary. The spinal cord patient bears a difficult burden in to pay all of his or her medical bills. As if this were not difficult enough, the patient is likely going to miss significant time from work during the rehabilitation process.
Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury caused by another should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A strong personal injury attorney who knows spinal cord injury cases and understands the science behind the medical injury can provide much needed assistance. The attorney can seek compensation for the medical bills, pain and suffering, the loss of any motor function caused by the spinal cord injury and any lost earning from the patient’s inability to work.
The attorneys at Eric J. Hertz, P.C. have handled spinal cord injury cases and understand the complex science behind the injuries. Contact us immediately to see if we can assist you in handling on your spinal cord injury case.
DISCLAIMER: The above article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be, nor should it be considered, legal advice. Legal advice can only be given by a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction following an individualized consultation. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact an attorney in your area.