Every car accident has the potential to inflict serious and grievous injuries upon its victims. While some may escape their ordeals with only minor harm, others may be affected by car accident injuries for the rest of their lives. One of the most serious injuries that a Washington resident may suffer in a vehicle collision is a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury affects the bundle of nerves that runs down a person's body. The spinal cord is protected by the spinal column, but when one of the bones of the spinal column breaks it can cause damage to the cord's nerves and other parts of the body. That is because the spinal cord is responsible for carrying information from the brain to other parts of a person's body.
A message from a person's brain that tells the person's arm to move and pick up a pen travels down the spinal cord before reaching the appendage. If the spinal cord is damaged, that message may never get to its intended destination. When a person cannot control their body beyond the point of their spinal cord injury they may be afflicted with paralysis.
The location of a victim's spinal cord injury will impact where, if any, paralysis they will experience. Paralysis is not the only issue that a spinal cord injury victim may suffer from, as pain, breathing issues and other problems may also manifest.
Living with an accident-related spinal cord injury can be difficult and costly. Victims who experience these and other damaging injuries may have rights to sue for their damages and losses. Personal injury victims can get help with their cases from dedicated attorneys.