The spinal cord acts as a messenger between the brain and the rest of the body. Proper function is essential to the central nervous system. Consequently, when a spinal cord injury occurs, the repercussions are drastic.
Instantly, the victim’s quality of life is altered and everyday activities are dictated by recovery plans and treatment options. However, few spinal cord injury victims ever fully rehabilitate, and all require ongoing efforts in order to retain remaining functionality.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Approximately three out of every four spinal cord injury victims are males between the ages of 16-30. The majority of these injuries result from high-risk behavior, including:
- High-impact sports, such as football, hockey and rugby
- Auto accidents, which result in nearly 50 percent of spinal cord injuries
- Violent altercations
Other causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Spinal tap
- Slip and fall accidents
- Herniated disk
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
The potential of recovery after a spinal cord injury is dependent upon symptom recognition and receiving prompt treatment.
If any of the following symptoms are evident, it is essential that emergency help be contacted immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to control bladder and/or bowel
- Numbness in feet, hands, toes, or fingers
- Shortness of breath
- Inability to retain consciousness
Coming to terms with the fact that a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury is similar to the grieving process one endures after a death in the family. However, there is no life insurance money to stabilize your family’s finances. Instead, you are left with continuously mounting medical bills and a loved one who is no longer able to make a living or succeed without assisted living.
It is estimated that lifetime medical bills for a 25 year old who suffers a spinal cord injury can reach $3 million. In order for your family’s rights to be protected, you need the legal counsel of a spinal cord injury attorney.
Contact Attorney Jerrold Mayro
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in the Phoenix, Mesa, or Tucson, Arizona area, please contact The Mayro Law Firm’s Arizona personal injury office today or call (602) 604-8400 to schedule your consultation with Jerrold A. Mayro.