Spinal cord lacerations are cuts or tears within the spinal cord itself. Lacerations cause a complete loss of sensation in both the immediate area and muscles that rely on the nerves that have been severed or damaged. The area affected depends on the bundle of nerves damaged. Lacerations in the cervical spine effect head, neck, intercostals, arms, and shoulders. Thoracic spine lacerations impact chest, and external abdominal muscles. Lumbar spine lacerations can cause loss of mobility in the abdomen, legs and genitals.
Spinal cord lacerations can be caused by any number of accidents, but in over 50 percent of instances, automobile accidents are responsible for this type of injury. The severity of the injury is dependent on the depth and location of the laceration. In many cases, additional medical issues arise, including deep vein thrombosis, loss of bowel/bladder control, sexual dysfunction, seizures, and even death.
Treatments for spinal cord lacerations are costly and time consuming. During the periods of inactivity, your ability to work and take care of yourself and your family will be limited or impossible. Physical therapy to restore feeling and functionality is often a life-long process, consuming hours each week, with no guaranteed results. Worse still, these life-altering conditions are often the fault of an on the job accident, or the reckless and negligent behavior of someone else. In these cases, it is imperative that you have an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer on your side.
If you or a loved one live in the state of Indiana and have suffered a spinal cord laceration injury, please contact the Truitt Law Offices for an initial consultation.