Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries After a Car Accident

by Christopher Hoffmann on Nov. 03, 2023

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Spinal cord injuries can cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the injury site. A St. Louis spinal cord injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation after an accident.

Experiencing a car accident can be traumatic, especially when it leads to serious injuries like damage to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can have a profound impact on your life, causing physical, emotional, and financial distress. Understanding the types of spinal cord injuries, their symptoms, and the long-term impacts is crucial for anyone affected by such a traumatic event. It also underscores the importance of seeking the right legal assistance from a specialized spinal cord injury lawyer.


Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are typically categorized as either complete or incomplete, depending on the extent of damage:

  • Complete Spinal Cord Injury: This results in a total loss of sensory and motor function below the injury site.

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: Some motor or sensory function remains below the affected area. The severity of the injury can vary greatly.


Victims may also suffer from tetraplegia or paraplegia, depending on which part of the spinal cord is injured.


Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries

The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include:

  • Loss of movement

  • Altered sensation, such as the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch

  • Incontinence

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Pain or intense stinging sensations


Long-Term Impacts

The long-term effects of a spinal cord injury are extensive and can necessitate changes in every aspect of life. These can include:

  • Continuous medical care and rehabilitation

  • Home and vehicle modifications

  • The use of assistive devices

  • Chronic pain and susceptibility to secondary medical issues

  • Emotional and psychological adjustments


The Importance of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Navigating life after a spinal cord injury is not just a medical journey but a legal one as well. That’s why having a spinal cord injury lawyer is indispensable. A lawyer with experience in this field can provide invaluable assistance in securing compensation to cover medical costs, loss of earnings, and other expenses related to the injury.


At The Hoffmann Law Firm, we understand the complexities associated with spinal cord injury cases. Our legal team is dedicated to providing the support and representation needed to ensure you are justly compensated.


If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to a car accident, it’s crucial to have a knowledgeable spinal cord injury lawyer on your side. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation to learn how we can assist you during this challenging time and to ensure your rights are protected.


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