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All You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

13th April 2010
By Mesriani Law Group in Personal Injury
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Spinal cord injury is one of the leading causes of death in the United States with over 8,000 victims each year. This kind of injury can cause a major change in the person's personal and professional life.

Most of the time, spinal cord injury patients suffer paralysis from the neck down or quadriplegia or from the waist down or paraplegia. Unfortunately, these conditions may become permanent, altering the victim's life completely. If you live in Los Angeles and you know someone who experienced spinal cord injuries, contact Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyers at once to get the case started. One of the initial questions they will ask is the cause of the injury. There are many different activities that can cause a spinal injury. Here are some of them:

• Any activity related to violence

• Construction accidents

• Automobile collisions

• Sports injuries

• Slip, trip and fall accidents

The cause of the injury will be thoroughly investigated and examined by your lawyers. They will try to look for someone that can be made responsible for what happened. They will also study the type of spinal cord injury your friend have. This is vital in determining the amount of liability the responsible party is ought to pay. There are several types of injuries in the spinal cord.

1. Cervical area - This is the neck area of the spine. It is very dangerous to injure your neck because this is where nerve impulses flow from the brain to the other parts of the body. Once this "bridge" has been damaged, the person will find it very hard to make body movements from the neck down.

2. Compression fracture - The spinal column is composed of several soft bones. Once these soft bones get packed together in just one part of the spine, it could cause difficulty in performing movements. This kind of spinal injury is usually caused by excessive weightlifting and improper posture.

3. Spinal disc injuries - Within the spine and protecting the spinal cord are small discs that enable the spine to become flexible and bend in several ways. At an early or young age, these discs are very mushy which enables them to become shock absorbent. However, as the person gets older, they become harder and smaller, making people more prone to spinal injuries. These are the two types of spinal disc injury:

• Bulging disc injury

• Herniated or ruptured disc injury

Knowledge of these terms and explanations are important in identifying the severity of the injury. Of course you cannot learn or even understand all of them. That is why you need to get the services of Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyers. They have the expertise in both legal and medical terms and explanations related to spinal injuries.

To pursue claims for spinal cord injuries caused by automobile collisions, consult with our expert Los Angeles spinal cord injury lawyers. Visit our website and avail of our free case analysis.
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