Spinal Cord Injury
Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Tabor Law Firm is a group of Indiana personal injury lawyers with over 75 years of experience. Located in Indianapolis, we have helped numerous spinal cord injury victims recover their lives. While we cannot reverse the traumatic effects of your accident, we do our best to ensure you find justice. Your experienced legal team is dedicated to your case only and will go the extra mile to provide the highest quality service. Represented by Tabor Law Firm, you can feel confident that your needs come first while we fight for the compensation you deserve.
Spinal Cord Injury Basics
The spinal cord is the body’s relay center. The bundle of nerves relay messages between the brain and the body at lightning speeds. Thin axons can transmit millions of signals per second, firing multiple synapses and neurons. The spinal cord is responsible for all skeletal movement, from standing and walking to running away. Surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid and the bones of the spinal column, the spinal cord runs from the cervical vertebra, near the head, to the sacrum. An injury or lesion occurs when any of the spinal nerves is cut, broken, or otherwise damaged. Motor and sensory messages will be blocked at the level of injury, causing paralysis.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
The vertebrae of the spinal column may be impacted in many ways. A stray bullet, stabbing, or blunt trauma are all sources if injury. Accidents, however, are the most common cause of spinal cord injury, either by fracturing the bones or pinching the nerves we take for granted. Negligent causes of spinal cord damage include:
- Birth injuries
- Traffic accidents
- Slip-and-fall injury
- Home repair accident
- Construction accident
- Lack of protective gear
- Flawed building design
- Defective ladder or scaffold
- Dangerous property condition
Quadriplegia and Paraplegia
The severity of paralysis depends on the location of the lesion. The damage blocks motor and sensory information traveling between the brain and body along the spinal nerves. When the lesion is above T-1, below the neck, it will block messages relayed along the cervical spine, paralyzing of all four limbs. This is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. When the level of injury is below T-1, messages to the lower portion of the body will be blocked, impairing abdominal and leg movement. This is known as paraplegia. However, nerves above the level of injury continue to work, so many paraplegics still have full use of their arms and hands.
Other Spinal Cord Injury Issues
In addition to paralysis, spinal cord injuries cause other issues affecting:
- Muscle spasms
- Bladder control
- Autonomic reflexes
- Respiratory distress
- Bowel management
- Skin and pressure sores
- Temperature regulation
Spinal cord damage often accompanies traumatic brain injury in an accident. The combination of brain and spinal cord damage may cause cognitive problems and permanent disability.
Tabor Law Firm: Spinal Cord Injury Advocates
If you have been in an accident involving spinal cord injury, contact the experienced Indiana injury attorneys of Tabor Law Firm today. We are industry leaders in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, dedicated to protecting your rights. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call (317) 236-9000 for a free consultation or contact us online.
Tabor Law Firm Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Sterling v. Bolin Enterprises Truck driver recovers six-figure award for head and spinal cord injuries sustained in tractor-trailer accident.
Gabbert v. Scott Vehicle passenger obtains six-figure settlement from negligent motorist for permanent and disfiguring injuries, including fractured spine, caused by accident.