Houston Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury, your life will be forever changed. You may need daily care. A cord injury can turn your life upside down. You may be unemployable, leaving you with no income.
We can help. If you send an email or call our spinal cord injury lawyers, we will give you a free case evaluation. You can get your questions answered and learn more about your legal rights and options. Anthony Muharib has over twenty years of experience helping people in situations like yours. We will fight for compensation, even if it means arguing your case to a jury.
Spinal Cord Nerves
The spinal cord consists of sensory and motor nerves that carry information from the body to your brain. Motor nerves send messages from the brain to the body, telling it to take some action, like “remove hand from a hot surface.” Depending on how and where the spinal cord is injured, you may suffer from numbness (lack of sensation), paralysis, or both.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Occur
Spinal cord injuries most frequently happen because of high-risk behavior. About 75% of victims are males in the 16-30 age range, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Other causes involve medical malpractice and such events as:
- Heavy contact sports, such as football, rugby, and hockey
- Car accidents, which account for about half of all spinal cord injuries
- Slip and fall accidents, the most common cause of spinal cord injuries to the elderly
- Herniated disks
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
The period between injury and the arrival of medical help is critical. As with brain injuries, failing to recognize a spinal cord injury and promptly delaying treatment can worsen the injury.
If an accident victim shows any of the below symptoms, it is imperative to keep them immobile:
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness in toes, hands, feet, or fingers
- Lack of bladder or bowel control
- Fading in and out of consciousness
- Lack of balance and inability to walk
- Pressure in the neck, back, or head