Among all the non-fatal injuries that can befall a person, a spinal cord injury stands out as potentially the most severe. It has the capacity to render an individual in various stages of paralysis, sometimes even complete paralysis. The spine serves as a vital conduit, facilitating communication between the brain and every part of the body. However, when the spine is injured, this communication can become partially or almost entirely obstructed, depending on the location and severity of the injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in Orange County, California, due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act, contact us at the Law Offices of Stephen Zwick. You may have an insurance claim to compensate you for your medical expenses and other losses, and there’s also the potential for a personal injury lawsuit.
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Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
About 15,000 people a year in the United States suffer a spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 42.1 percent of injuries result from vehicular accidents. Falls account for 26.7 percent, acts of violence including gunshot wounds for 15.1 percent, and recreational sports activities for 7.6 percent.
It’s also possible for a spinal injury to occur during surgery, in which case you could file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Defective products such as seat belts or airbags that fail to work can also be the cause of such injuries.
As mentioned in the opening, the spinal cord (a bundle of nerves housed within the spinal column, or in common terms, the backbone) is the pathway for inter-body communication to and from the brain. Ultimately, if the spinal cord is damaged, the victim can become a paraplegic (loss of muscle function in the lower half of the body, including the legs) or even a quadriplegic (paralysis of all four limbs and the torso).
If you or your family has been impacted by a similar situation, you deserve justice. Our esteemed Southern California injury attorneys are here to help.