A spinal cord injury can permanently alter the course of your life. This traumatic and painful injury will cause a great deal of physical and emotional suffering. Additionally, the cost of medical expenses may add a significant financial burden to your life. If your injury renders you unable to work, you will also have to face lost wages. If the event that led up to your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, you may have a case for receiving compensation for your suffering.
The attorneys at The Nye Law Group are well-versed in Georgia’s laws surrounding spinal cord injury lawsuits and are capable of providing you the legal guidance that you need. We have faced many spinal cord injury cases and we are well equipped to review your case and determine the best course of action for you.
Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can vary in location and in the degree of severity. Different types of injuries have different signs and symptoms. The following are four types of spinal cord injuries:
- Cervical spinal cord injuries have an effect on the eight vertebrae that lie at the top of the spinal column. This injury can cause quadriplegia, which means that the limbs become weakened or paralyzed.
- Sacral Spinal Cord Injuries occur when the five vertebrae in the lower part of the spinal column are injured. This can have an effect on bladder control, sexual function, bowel control, and may also cause the legs or hips to become paralyzed or weakened.
- Lumbar spinal cord injuries have an effect on the five vertebrae that are located in the lower-mid section of the spinal column. This type of spinal injury can lead to paraplegia, meaning that the victim’s legs are weakened or paralyzed.
- Thoracic spinal cord Injuries take place when the victim receives trauma to the 12 vertebrae in the top-middle part of the spinal cord. Similar to a sacral spinal cord injury, this type of injury can also affect bladder control, bowel control, and sexual function.
There are two categories of spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury is labeled either as complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means that the victim loses all ability to move the body below the injury site. All sense of feeling is lost as well. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim still maintains some sense of feeling and range of motion.
A spinal cord injury will require long-term, possibly lifelong treatment for your injury. If you have received a spinal cord injury, there are resources available to help you become educated about your injury and find out what actions to take next.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a spinal cord injury due to the negligent act of another party, you have rights. At The Nye Law Group, we know that this is a challenging time. No one deserves to go through this alone. Allow us to provide you with the legal counseling and resources that you need. Give us a call at (912) 200-5230 to learn more about what options are available to you.