Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Medford OR
A spinal cord injury lawyer Medford OR clients recommend knows that car accidents result in thousands of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries each year. While crashes and collisions generally occur as sudden, traumatic events, it is important for Oregon drivers and their passengers to be aware of the risks. In addition to being conscientious about avoiding the common types of reckless driving behaviors that make car accidents more likely to occur, such as speeding, driving under the influence, and disregarding traffic signals, you should also be aware of the most common types of collisions.
One of the more serious injuries that victims suffer in car accidents are spinal cord injuries. According to national statistics, there are more than 17,000 new spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S. The most common cause of spinal cord injuries – approximately 40 percent – are car accidents.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
A catastrophic injury lawyer Medford OR families trust knows that a spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating car accident injuries that a victim can suffer. One reason is that all the nerves our bodies use emanate from our spinal cord and when there is an injury, it can have a significant impact on the body’s ability to function.
The spinal cord is made up of three parts:
- Cervical: The neck and upper back
- Thoracic: The mid-back
- Lumbar: The lower back
The most common types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Bulging discs: If a victim’s neck whips back and forth upon crash impact, it can cause one of the discs that protect the vertebrae to protrude.
- Herniated (ruptured) discs: This is when the inner layer of the disc tears through the outer part of the disc.
- Fractured vertebrae: There are 33 vertebrae that make up the spine. If one (or more) fractures, it can compress or pinch the spinal cord.
- Pinched nerves: If a herniated or bulging disc presses on a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling.
- Paraplegia: When an injury to the spinal cord causes loss of function from the waist down.
- Quadriplegia: When an injury to the spinal cord causes loss of function and movement from the neck down.
- Spinal Stenosis: When the spaces in the spinal canal begin to narrow. Can be caused by traumatic injury.
- Spondylolysis: when the spine begins to degenerate. Can be caused by natural wear and tear or traumatic injury.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you suffer injuries in a crash or collision due to the reckless actions of another driver, a skilled Medford OR spinal cord injury lawyer from Andersen Morse & Linthorst is here to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Call our office today and request a consultation to see how we can assist you.