Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries can inhibit your ability to make a living, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Ashenden & Associates, P.C. is here to help. Thomas J. Ashenden is admitted as a member of the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association. He is passionate about guiding the victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) through their recuperative periods and legal challenges.
Read below to learn more about different types of spinal cord injuries and your next steps.
Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is caused when an individual fractures or dislocates one or more vertebrae. While not all spinal cord injuries lead to a complete severance of the spinal cord, any damage to this sensitive area can cause your brain to be completely or partially unable to relay messages to the area of your body below the level of injury. This injury can lead to decreased motor function or, in severe cases, complete or partial paralysis.
Spinal cord injuries can happen at any point in your vertebrae from the neck down to your lower back, and will present themselves with different symptoms based on their location and the extent of the damage.
Even if the spinal cord is not severed, damage from being compressed, pulled or twisted during an accident can cause extensive damage. Internal bleeding, fluid accumulation, and swelling can occur inside the spinal cord or within the spinal canal, located outside the cord itself. This can result in an accumulation of blood or fluid compresses the spinal cord and could potentially damage it.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Usually, spinal cord injuries occur in young, healthy people – with men between the ages of 15-35 most commonly affected. They can occur from any trauma on the spine such as:
- Vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Diving into shallow water
- Work accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Physical assault
- And more
Possible Damages Following a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are serious medical conditions that require extensive medical care, which can be expensive and last for years – if not the rest of your life. Ashenden & Associates, P.C. has the experience to help you recover compensation for your injury and help pay for medical care, living expenses and more.
Depending on the specifics of your case, damages could include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost Wages
- Punitive damages
Contact the Top Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Atlanta
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident or traumatic event, contact us for help. Ashenden & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta has over 50 years of experience helping Georgia accident victims and their families get the compensation and help they deserve.
Call Ashenden & Associates, P.C. at (770) 394-8909 or fill out our online contact form to speak to one of our experienced, Atlanta-area injury attorneys about the specifics of your case. Your initial consultation is free.