Spinal cord injuries are among the most debilitating and life-changing injuries one can sustain. Because the spinal cord carries nerve signals from the brain to all points of the body, the severity and nature of an injury can vary wildly depending on the nature of the trauma.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury to the spinal cord, the Stamford injury attorneys of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, have the experience and expertise you need to recover the damages you deserve. Please contact us today at (877) 801-6202 to arrange your free spinal cord injury consultation.

What is a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord is the long bundle of nervous tissue that serves as the major neural pathway for signals to and from the brain. It relays sensory information to the brain, carries motor instructions from the brain to the muscles, and is also responsible for a number of involuntary reflexes.

A spinal cord injury involves damage to any part of the spinal cord, and the specific location of the damage determines the nature of the associated injury, which is classified according to its severity.

The severity of the injury can be classified as follows:

  • A complete injury is one in which almost all feeling and motor function are lost below the site of the damage
  • An incomplete injury is one in which some sensory or motor function remains below the site of the damage

Personal injuries of the spinal cord are also classified according to the specific paralysis that accompanies them, as follows:

  • Paraplegia affects the lower part of the body, including the trunk
  • Quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia) all parts of the body below the neck

Such injuries commonly require years of rehabilitation and therapy.

What are the symptoms of spinal cord injury?

The symptoms of spinal cord injury are as varied and as the accidents that cause them. While the specific signs depend on the nature of the trauma, common symptoms include the following:

  • Loss of sensation, including inability to feel heat and cold
  • Loss of motor ability
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, fingers, feet, or toes
  • Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Weakness in any part of the body
  • Pain or a stinging sensation

The number one cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States is motor vehicle accidents, accounting for more than a third of all cases.

What compensation can I expect?

If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another person, you may be able to recover damages. Such compensation may include payment for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of opportunity (e.g., family, social, and educational experiences)
  • Emotional damage (e.g., stress, depression, and embarrassment)

A personal injury attorney who specializes in spinal cord and brain injuries can help you obtain compensation to offset this disruption to your life.

What can I do about it?

A spinal cord injury is a serious, life-altering condition, and depending on your specific case, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to spinal cord injury, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, through our online form or call (877) 801-6202 to discuss your case with one of our Stamford injury attorneys.