Imagine youre at your home in San Diego,sitting at your table,and you decided that youwant a glass of water from the kitchen counter. You try to reach for it, yet your arms do not move. You attempt to get up and walk closer to the glass of water, but that does not solve your problem either. In fact, you dont have the ability to control or move any muscle from your neck down.You are paralyzed.You can live with only one kidney and even without your spleen, but not all body parts can be as easily replaced. Your spinal cord is one of those organs. Considered to be one of the most important and fragile components to a human being, the spinal cord functions as a hub for nerves in the body. Thanks to the nerves in your spinal cord, we are able to move our legs, arms, and torso just by relaying an electric signal from our brain to different parts of our body.But what happens when you do not have the motor functioning skills that are usually found in a strong, healthy spinal column? Life gets a lot harder. Without the spinal cord we wouldnt be able to perform the basic everyday tasks that make our lives easy. Our paralysis lawyers in San Diego know that the use of a persons spinal cord is essential for having a fulfilling life.
The Anatomy Of Your Spinal Cord
The spinal nerves are broken up into four different types depending on where they are located on the spinal cord:
CERVICAL NERVES [Neck] Nerves C1-C8
THORACIC NERVES [Upper Back] Nerves T1-T12
LUMBAR NERVES [Lower Back] Nerves L1-L5
SACRAL NERVES [Back/Hip] Nerves S1-S5
Spinal Cord Injuries
The paralysis attorneys who work at our San Diego law firm think the best way todescribea spinal cord would be to imagine it as a telephone pole that receives and sends signals from all sorts of coordinates. A signal goes through the telephone wires to an intended destination. If that telephone pole breaks, then no signals will make it through. The same concept applies to your spinal cord.Most paralysis cases happen after the spinal cord is severely injured to the point that your spinal nerves cannot send messages to the rest of the body. Even a small break or tear in the spinal cord can lead to some degree of paralysis for the injured person.There are is a variety of paralysis, but four different ways that spinal cord injuries can be categorized:
- Anterior Cord Syndrome
- Central Cord Syndrome
- Posterior Cord Syndrome
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome
Herniated discs are a common spinal cord injury, as well as a serious matter that requires medical treatment. A herniated disc occurs when a disc pushing outwards against the spinal cord or a spinal nerve — puts pressure on the nerves. The degree of the herniation can vary depending upon the way that disc is moved, as well as the location on the spinal cord. There are three common types of herniated discs:
Discs in the spine are rounded, jelly-like materials that cushion the vertebrae of the spine. When a spinal disc bulges through a crevice in the spine, a spinal cord injury can happen. This condition occurs when the soft gel in the center of the spinal disc protrudes into the harder bone exterior covering the vertebrae. Bulging discs are also known as contained spinal disc injuries if the flexible inner layer of the disc remains encased in the bony outer layer of a disc.
When the cervical portion of the spine is pushed together against the spinal canal, it compresses and narrows the spinal canal. Common symptoms of cervical myelopathy include neck pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or hands, and difficulty even performing mundane tasks (i.e. combing hair, buttoning a shirt or turning on a car). Many people are born with this condition, but in many cases the root cause is degenerative cervical spondylosis — arthritic changes in the cervical spine. Over time, these changes lead to a narrowing and compression of the spinal cord.
This spinal cord injury involves cracked or fractured vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis is usually caused by outside forces or a forward slip of a vertebra over the one below it. There are two types of spondylolisthesis:
- Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
- Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
The spine supports and protects the spinal cord, which consists of 23 vertebrae that interlock via bone protrusions (facets), muscles, ligaments and discs. When one of these vertebrae is squeezed, compressed and broken down to a smaller height, vertebral compression fractures tend to occur.
After a severe spinal cord injury has occurred, paralysis is often the result. There are several categories of paralysis:
Why Hire Our Paralysis Lawyers?
Since 1992, the paralysis lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diegohave been assisting injured persons just like you recover the maximum financial compensation for their paralysis and spinal cord injuries. We are dedicated and determined to help you obtain fair and just compensation so that you and your family can recover and move on to a bigger and brighter future.Michael A. Pines, our firms founder, is a former insurance company lawyer, so he knows how the insurance companies work. In our experience, insurance companies dont always offer a fair settlement. You should not have to worry about standing up to insurance companies. Thats what were here forto help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced paralysis lawyer in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.