Boston Spinal Cord Injury
Boston Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
After a Traumatic Accident, Speak to a Skilled Lawyer
Every injury is traumatic in some way, but in the case of a spinal cord injury, the outcome can be devastating. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need to speak to the Boston personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Our staff knows the life-altering implications of spinal cord damage. We have over a decade of experience working with victims and securing the compensation they deserve to pay for their medical care as well as other expenses. Call today at (617) 870-0907 to discuss your case and learn about all that our team has to offer you as you begin your recovery process.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Hearing the term "spinal cord injury" immediately conjures up an image of a horrific car accident for most people. But in addition to the trauma of a crash, there are many other accidents that can cause damage to the spinal cord. Falls often result in trauma to the spinal cord. Lifting large or heavy objects can also cause spinal cord damage. Even lifting a lightweight item incorrectly can result in injury to the spinal cord.
Far less common than trauma-related accidents are the medical mistakes that can result in spinal cord injury. Incorrect positioning during surgery, a failed spine fusion operation, or even a surgical complication from a procedure not related to the spine can result in spinal cord damage. The last few examples would be medical malpractice, whereas the first examples would fall under a personal injury claim.
Paralysis is every spinal cord injury victim’s greatest fear. An incomplete injury leaves the victim with some sensation and motor control below the injury, while a complete injury eliminates all feeling and control below the site of the injury. Two common terms are used to describe the part of the body that the injury impacts. Paraplegia indicates that the spinal cord is severed near the waist and that the torso, pelvic organs, and legs are affected. Quadriplegia indicates a spinal cord injury near the neck, which will impact the entire body below the neck.
Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Injury
Every injury to the spinal cord should be taken seriously. Not all spinal cord injuries are life-threatening, but almost all injuries to the spinal cord will result in some lifelong issues. These issues can include:
- Loss of movement below the injury site
- Difficulty breathing or coughing, often causing pneumonia or respiratory failure
- Altered sensations, such as the inability to feel heat or cold or a hypersensitivity to these changes
- Inability to control bodily functions, such as the bladder and bowels
- Inability to perform sexually
- Chronic pain due to extensive nerve damage
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Muscle atrophy
- Cardiovascular disease
- Emotional trauma
- Painful muscle spasms
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Osteoporosis and bone fractures
All of these conditions are possible, but victims of spinal injuries can live meaningful lives regardless. What a spinal cord injury does necessitate is a lifetime of medical treatment and lifestyle changes, which will cost a great deal of money. For that reason, the team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., is committed to securing the compensation victims deserve to return to as normal a life as possible after a spinal cord injury caused by negligence. We will focus not only on your current medical bills but also the cost of future care, living expenses, and compensation for your inability to support your family. Call DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (617) 870-0907 to learn more from a Boston spinal injury lawyer.