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Ottawa lawyer: Types and causes of spinal cord injuries.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth 

Some of my most severe personal injury cases are where someone has been involved in an accident which has resulted in a spinal cord injury. Not only has their life completely changed; so has their families.  Every person who suffers a spinal cord injury faces different challenges. Some have excellent family support; while others are alone.  Some have insurance coverage; while others have none. A spinal cord injury can be devastating and life-altering.  It’s important to completely understand your spinal cord injury and ensure that you are adequately provided for throughout your rehabilitation and throughout the rest of your life moving forward.

Types of spinal cord injuries.

Any spinal cord injury can occur anywhere along one’s spinal cord. Typically a spinal cord injury is the result of damage to spinal cord cells. This damage causes a loss of communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injured area. In other words, the higher the injury along the spinal cord, there is a higher chance of having problems with the injury. Often times, there is a loss of movement and sensation in body parts.

Paraplegia is often the result of an injury at the thoracic level of the spinal cord. It often results in loss of sensation and paralysis in one’s lower body and legs.

Quadriplegia is often the result of an injury to the cervical area of the spinal cord. It also may result in loss of sensation and paralysis in both the arms and the legs or it can also result in sensation loss in all areas below the neckline.

Spinal cord injuries are divided into 2 types of spinal cord injuries: complete spinal cord injuries and incomplete spinal cord injuries. It is possible that a spinal cord injury classification change during the recovery process.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries.

Typically a loss of sensation and motor ability is associated with a complete spinal cord injury caused by bruising, loss of blood to the spinal cord, severe pressure to the spinal cord, or cuts and severed spinal cords. Typically a complete spinal cord injury results in a total loss of sensation and movement below the spinal injury site.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury:

An incomplete spinal cord injury does not always result in complete loss of movement and sensation below the injury site.

Most common causes of spinal cord injury:

Car Accidents:

Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of most spinal cord injuries. Car accidents cause up to 40% of new spinal cord injuries every year.

Slip and Fall Accidents:

Spinal cord injury after the age of 65 are most often caused by a slip and fall accident. Overall, slip and fall accidents cause more than 25% of spinal cord injuries.

Violence: Close to 15% of spinal cord injuries result from acts of violence.

Athletic injuries: Athletic injuries, sports injuries, dives cause approximately 8% of spinal cord injuries.

Alcohol: Alcohol is a factor in approximately 25% of spinal cord injuries.

Diseases. Cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal cord inflammation are also some causes of  spinal cord injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, it’s vital that you consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in spinal injuries.  Spinal injuries are the most severe of injuries and require extensive support, rehabilitation and compensation for a life-time.  Our personal injury lawyers have helped many families who have a loved one with a spinal injury and we can help you.

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