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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 17,500 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. Today, around 285,000 Americans live with complications caused by severe spinal injuries. Regardless of how an injury occurs, the long-term physical and financial impact of a spinal cord injury can be life-changing. 

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Accidents

In the event of a spinal cord injury or suspected injury, it is important to act quickly. In some cases, immediate medical assistance can limit the potential damage. Some injury victims do not realize the severity at the time of an accident.

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Suffering a spinal injury is often a life-changing event. Spinal cord injuries can result in the loss of movement, chronic pain, and decreased strength. Every year, approximately 12,500 Americans suffer some form of spinal cord injury. Understanding the various forms of spinal cord injuries and their potential health complications can be critical as you emotionally and physically heal from your injuries. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to discuss your options moving forward. 

Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries 

Throughout the United States, approximately 276,000 Americans live with some form of spinal cord injury. Even minor spinal injuries can result in serious long-term health problems. Spinal cord injuries are classified as either incomplete or complete. In the case of an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is not completely severed. This usually allows for the injured person to retain some spinal function, depending on the severity of the injury. With complete spinal cord injuries, the spine is completely severed. In these instances, regaining function is only possible through extensive medical treatment and physical therapy, if at all.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that more than 2.3 million people are injured in auto accidents each year. Some of these injured parties are victims of a negligent driver – someone who was intoxicated, texting while driving, or otherwise behaving in a way that compromised the safety of those around them. The end result is a life that has turned upside down. Sadly, it may be a long time before things are set right again. For some, life will never be the same.

Long-Term Injuries and Wrongful Death

While some injuries do heal over a relatively short time period, there are those that can have long-lasting effects. Those that experience such injuries are likely to need rehabilitation, long-term medical care, and they may miss time from work. Some may be so severely injured that they are unable to return to the activities that they used to enjoy. Examples of severe and long-lasting injuries include:

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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, Illinois spinal cord injury lawyer,,There are many risks of severe, debilitating injury after a serious car accident. Injury to the spinal cord is one of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain in a motor vehicle accident, and can be one of the most costly to not only treat. Not only will a spinal cord injury most likely require a long hospital stay and oftentimes surgery, it will usually also require that the patient take physical therapy for several months to come, and sometimes for life. This is because a spinal cord injury affects the brain’s ability to transport messages to all parts of the body. Many spinal cord injuries result in a complete loss of sensation and mobility below where the injury occurred. The group most at risk for spinal cord injury are young men between the ages of 15 and 35 who were otherwise healthy at the time of trauma.

Spinal cord injuries occur when there is a blunt trauma to the spinal cord, or when one or more vertebrae are crushed or compressed. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, accounting for 35 percent of such injuries annually. The types of spinal cord injury that result from motor vehicle accidents also tend to be among the most severe of this type of injury.

According to data compiled by the University of Washington and reported by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the most common level of spinal cord injury sustained in a motor vehicle is complete tetra: the complete loss of both arms and legs. The complete loss of use of either one’s arms or legs is the next most common level of spinal cord injury that results from a motor vehicle accident. Approximately 50 percent of patients who suffer a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident have some impairment of both upper and lower limbs.

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Chicago spinal cord injury attorney, spinal cord injuries, spinal cord injury, Chicago car accident attorneys, physical therapy, traumatic injurA spinal cord injury is one of the most traumatizing injuries that a person can sustain. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person can be paralyzed or suffer damage to the brain or nervous system after surviving such trauma. The most common cause of spinal cord injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic, are motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents account for more than 40 percent of this type of injury every year. Other leading causes include falls, acts of violence, sports injuries, and disease.

The reason that a spinal cord injury is so traumatizing is because the nerves or tracts in the spinal cord “carry signals from the brain to control muscle movement,” states the Mayo Clinic. Injury occurs when a sudden blow or impact to the spine jostles one or more vertebrae in the spinal cord. While the initial impact does the greatest amount of damage in a spinal cord injury, “additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and around your spinal cord,” reports the Mayo Clinic.

While a spinal cord injury is traumatizing, it does not mean that you cannot live a fulfilling and active life. Many people, as noted by the Canadian website HealthLinkBC, are able to drive, play sports, and work even after a spinal cord injury. It may, however, require a significant amount of physical therapy and medical attention before a person with a spinal cord injury is able to be comparably active to how he or she was before the incident, if he or she is lucky enough to ever recover. Many patients may also require counseling or therapy to deal with the emotional aspects of losing abilities associated with a healthy spinal cord.

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