Spinal Cord Injury* Claims
The instance where an injury results in spinal cord damage and the inability of the backbone to function is typically known as a spinal cord injury. A back injury sustained from a fall or crash by accident victims can be a cause of spinal cord injury. Lager demography of the Irish population is affected by spinal cord injuries especially between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Most if not all of these injuries is life changing, with over 70 % of victims not able to continue earning a living.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury*?
This is an injury sustained to the spinal cord and depending on the center of trauma and extent of nerve damage; can be severe to chronic and sometimes fatal. Coupled with pain, the debilitating effects of a spinal injury can lead to paralysis; which results in mobility and incontinence problems.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury*:
The higher up along the spinal cord that an incomplete injury or trauma occurs, the more severe the resultant damage. Neck injuries can cause partial or full tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which means the loss of mobility in four limbs. Other Functions can also be retained limited to the extent of injury and severity of the specified location.
Significant causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Vehicular accidents;
- Serious accidents;
- Violent assaults;
- Sport accidents;
- Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury:
There are two main categories of spinal cord injuries which concentrate on the area of injury. A complete injury of the spinal is where the functions such as mobility and nerve impulses are damaged. The incomplete spinal injury, on the other hand, has some preserved sensory or motor impulses below the center of cord damage.
Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary edema, and respiratory collapse are the complications that are associated with spinal cord injuries. These are avoidable with early detection while the pain, loss of function and sensation in affected areas can be managed with medication and physiotherapy. The lack of muscle use can lead to eutrophication of tissue, with the degeneration of bone as an additional effect.
Diagnosis of Spinal Cord Injuries*
Thoracic region complete Spinal Cord Injuries that occur around the victim’s torso may result in the loss of lower limbs or paraplegia. Preserved functions of thoracic region complete SCI’s can include the arms, neck, and hands movements being retained.
The sacral and lumbar sections of the spinal column suffering injury can result in a decrease of motor control to the limbs and hip. The urinary and anal systems will also be impaired leading to the bladder, bowel and sexual loss of function.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries*
Over the years, research improvements have led to the appearance of dramatic procedures and surgical techniques coupled with medical technology. The initial treatment involves a restraining of the spinal column to control inflammation and prevent subsequent damage.
Physical therapy, reconstitution surgery or other rehabilitative measures follow once the spine has stabilized.
Bone fragments that may be impeding stabilization can be surgically removed, and when surgeons need to implant instrumentation. Initial trauma after an accident may be followed by an inflammation, which is put under control using steroids and swelling reducing drugs. Stem cell research is a hopeful area of medicine for the victims of a spinal cord injury in the near future.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries at the moment has a better outlook since the presentation of new ideas and techniques that augment the recovery of some functions. Extended specialized medical care is required by spinal cord injury patients in intensive units. A process of rehabilitation involves nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and a team of social and healthcare specialists.
Implants to the spine can be surgically installed in some cases which emulate physical and electric properties of real-life tissue. Pharmacotherapy can also be assimilated into these implants with a stimulant sensor for moments of pain application or nerve interrupter mechanisms.
Grounds for Making a Spinal Cord Injury Personal Injury* Claim
Negligence is a situation where a person fails to use reasonable care, which may result in injury or damage to another person. If you have been injured as a result of the actions of someone else, you will have suffered what is termed a Tort, which is a civil wrong, which basically means you will have a right to commence a legal action for this wrong. Tort law is there to protect people from harm and injury and attach legal responsibility to anyone who causes the harm.
The time limit for making a personal injury* claim is two years from the day of the accident.
Personal Injuries * In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
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