There are many causes and degrees of spinal cord injury. This type of injury is almost certain to radically change the life of the person who suffers it. In order to pay for the many medical expenses and ensure a decent quality of life despite a limited ability to work, it is imperative that you get compensation from the party responsible for your injury. Our firm, serving Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona, can help victims of spinal cord injury obtain this compensation. Our medical-legal team has the experience, resources, and knowledge necessary to protect your rights.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of auto accidents, semi tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, or swimming pool accidents. Spinal cord injuries can also be caused by medical malpractice, including birth injury. Defective automobile roofs in rollover accidents and similar situations involving product liability can also cause them. Regardless of the cause, spinal cord injury can have devastating effects on the victim. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, our doctors who are lawyers have advanced medical training and can help you understand how the injury pertains to your rights.
Spinal Cord Functioning and Injury
The brain and the spinal cord control our bodies. Together they comprise the central nervous system. The spinal cord is a cylindrical mass of nerve tissue which originates at the base of the brain called the medulla, and continues downward to a person’s second lumbar vertebrae. The spinal cord is protected by a bony structure called the vertebral column, and is divided into 31 segments which include 8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 1 coccygeal. The nerves in the spinal cord carry impulses, or messages, to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries vary in degree depending upon the location and severity of damage to the spinal cord.
Paralysis: Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, and Hemiplegia
Quadriplegia and paraplegia refer to the degree of paralysis and loss of function and feeling that occur after a spinal cord injury. Quadriplegia means all four extremities, both arms and legs, and the upper parts of the body are paralyzed. Paraplegia refers to paralysis of the two lower extremities, the legs and to the lower part of the body. Hemiplegia refers a loss of function in one side of the body. This type of paralysis is most common in people who have sustained a stroke or a blow to the head and therefore involves a brain injury. Whatever the form or extent of the spinal cord injury, our Kansas City spinal cord injury lawyers can help victims understand their legal rights and determine how best to proceed after this unfortunate occurrence.
Contact Our Kansas City Spinal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you should immediately seek the advice of attorneys who have experience in the complexities of these cases. Many attorneys are not skilled in the law or medicine involved. We would be honored to discuss your case with you.
Please contact The Law Offices of Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D. at our Missouri, Kansas, and Arizona offices to discuss your spinal cord injury with a member of our medical-legal team.