The spinal cord is the lifeline of the body that controls movement and sensation in the upper and lower segments of a person’s form. It contains nerve cells, muscle tissue and nerve fibers that connect to the brain.
The level of disability caused by an injury to the spinal cord varies depending upon the severity of the injury and the level of the spinal cord at which the injury occurs. A severely injured spinal cord causing paralysis to any part or parts of the body can cause a client to require millions of dollars in future lifetime needs.
Clients with severe spinal cord injuries such as the actor Christopher Reeve, may see their clients also suffer pneumonia, blood clots, bed sores, urinary infections, nutritional depletion, venous thrombosis, pulmonary complications, renal failure, kidney failure, autonomic dysreflexia, severe pain and other associated problems. Such clients will need physical therapy, psychological therapy, and very expensive medical care the rest of their lives.
The vast majority of injuries to the spinal cord come as a result of automobile, motorcycle and truck accidents, none of which can be foreseen, but many of which can be avoided. Others come as a result of avoidable workplace injuries, falls, or sporting injuries, or as a result of intentional violent acts.
One good way for an attorney to understand and explain the amount and types of care required by a client suffering from a severe spinal cord injury is to spend 24 hours with the client. By experiencing (and filming) a day in the life of such a person, the lawyer, and a jury, can be able to understand, at least in part, the care such a patient requires and the effect it has on the person’s family and those who care for him or her.
If you believe there is the possibility that your spinal cord injury, or the injury of a loved one, is due to the actions of another person or entity, we would encourage you to contact the Law Offices of California Wrongful Death Attorneys [http://www.californiaattorneyslawyers.com/personal-injury/wrongful-death/california-wrongful-death-attorneys.html], Southern California Spinal Cord Injury [http://www.californiaattorneyslawyers.com/personal-injury/personal-injury/california-personal-injury-lawyers.html] for an analysis of your case. If your condition was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to your medical costs and future medical treatment, loss of past, present and future income, and money for your pain and suffering.