An injury to the spinal cord can have a devastating and permanent impact on a person’s life, changing it forever. It can happen in a split second.
The spinal cord contains the nerves that send messages between your brain and your body. When it is injured, that communication process is drastically compromised, and often results in loss of movement below the injury site.
No one can predict when an injury is going to happen. It can result from an automobile accident, a defective product, an act of violence, such as a gunshot or knife wound, a sports-related accident, such as playing football, skiing, or riding a bike.
Spinal cord injuries may result in the following symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated spasms
- Weakness or numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet, toes
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation
- Difficulty breathing
Symptoms are not always obvious – numbness or paralysis may occur immediately after an injury or gradually as bleeding or swelling develops in or around the spinal cord.
When it comes to common defenses in spinal cord injury cases, it’s not enough to be injured – you must show that someone else acted carelessly or negligently to cause your injury.
In addition, another common defense is assumption of risk. Certain recreational activities, such as horseback riding, bungee jumping, parasailing or skydiving have risks. Because of these risks, the companies that sponsor such activities make participants sign waivers of liability.
Accident victims are entitled to secure compensation for the full extent of their injuries, including future expenses, lost income and rehabilitative expenses.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, call the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney. We are determined to get you a level of compensation that will serve you as long as your recovery takes – for a lifetime, if necessary.