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What is a spinal cord injury?

It is not uncommon for many Massachusetts residents to suffer spinal injuries after a wreck or accident has occurred. The spinal cord contains the nerves that run from a person’s body to the brain. A spinal injury can be very serious, as it may cause the affected person permanent paralysis and resulting disability. Spinal injuries can be caused by several things, including falls, motor vehicle accidents, diving accidents, sports, electric shock and assault wounds. Signs that someone may have suffered a spinal injury can include numbness or tingling in a limb, loss of movement in limbs, shock, headaches and neck pain, difficulty walking or loss of consciousness. When a person suspects another may have suffered a spinal injury, there are several things they should and should not do. First, they should not move the person unless it is absolutely necessary. They should, however, try to keep the neck in the same position. If the person is not breathing, CPR may be a viable option until emergency personnel arrive. This information does not reflect the direct advice of any legal professional; however, if a person’s spinal cord injury is the result of the negligence of another, such as a reckless driver in a car accident, the victim may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney. In such cases, the negligent person may be liable for his or her suspected wrongful actions that caused the resulting injury. Victims may be able to recover damages for such things as loss of enjoyment of life, current and future medical expenses, loss of property, lost current and future wages, pain and suffering and other associated costs. Source: Medline Plus, “Spinal injury“, October 30, 2014

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