According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases are seen each year in the United States. Spinal cord disability refers to some type of trauma or damage inflicted upon the spinal cord, causing a certain functions to be loss or impaired, this typically results in decreased mobility or feeling.
Symptoms of injury vary widely dependent upon the severity of the spinal cord disability and the amount of damage to nerve roots. Those who suffer from a spinal cord disability can feel symptoms from pain to paralysis, and in some cases, incontinence. Treatment for these injuries varies based upon the location of the damage and the magnitude of the injury.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that 6 million people are living with paralysis, this equates to 1 in every 50 people in the United States. Contrary to previous estimations, their research has found that over one million more people are living in the U.S. with paralysis. In addition, five times more people are living with spinal cord injuries than previous estimations indicate. These shocking numbers reveal the true state of spinal cord disability victims today.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation to recover from your damages. Lewis & Keller believes that each individual deserves the right to justice.
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Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
The causes of spinal cord injuries range based upon situational factors that lead to some form of trauma or damage. Most commonly, a severe trauma of some kind is the trigger for this disability. The specific damage to the spinal cord often involves some sort of dislocation, lateral bending, hyper-flexion/hyperextension, rotation, or axial loading.
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Work-related Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Sporting/Recreation Accidents
- Birth Defect
- Natural Disaster
If you or a loved one has a spinal cord disability in the North Carolina area, a Winston-Salem accident lawyer from Lewis & Keller is prepared to guide you through the legal process.
Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is defined as the total loss of strength in a muscle group or affected limb. The motor pathway, a series of nerve cells running from the brain to the spinal cord to the muscles, controls the normal functionality of these muscle movements. Any injury to this series of nerve cells decreases the ability for the brain to control that functionality.
The most common causes of paralysis include but are not limited to:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Birth Defect
If the negligence of another has caused paralysis for you or a loved one, Lewis & Keller is prepared to seek justice for you.
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Winston-Salem NC Accidents Causing Spinal Cord Disability
Motor vehicle accidents are amongst the leading causes of spinal cord disability in the United States, and more specifically, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Driver negligence is typically the trigger for these accidents. In addition, manufacturing issues with mechanical defects are another producer of auto accidents in North Carolina.
Spinal cord disability is prevalent in head-on collisions as well as rollover accidents. These types of auto collisions tend to cause more severe injuries. In addition, the following are common mechanical defects causing spinal cord damage:
- Seat Belt Failure
- Tire Tread Separation
- Power Window Malfunction
- Seat Back Error
- Roof Collapse
- Suspension Deficiency
A motor vehicle crash can change one’s life in an instant. North Carolina residents and victims to spinal cord injury may be able to recover compensation for damages. Lewis & Keller works hard to seek justice for each of our clients.
Contact a Spinal Cord Disability Lawyer Today
Spinal cord disability can be a tough condition to accept. The last thing victims want to deal with is struggling to pay for medical bills and rehabilitation services. At Lewis & Keller, we believe that all accident victims deserve adequate legal representation.
The negligent party must always be held accountable and responsible for the damages that they cause another. In Winston-Salem, N.C., we take this matter seriously. We dedicate our time to fighting for your fair compensation so that you can focus on rehab and recovery.