What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord resulting in a loss of motor and/or sensory function.

Causes can be the result of any of the following:

  • Auto accidents
  • Fall at a construction site,
  • Gunshot wound
  • Diseases, including cancer, degenerative disk disease, narrowing of the spine, polio, spina bifida, etc.
  • Injuries such as a ruptured disk or a pinched nerve, for which there is current medical therapy.

Spinal Cord Dysfunction

The spinal cord are nerves bundled inside the bony spine. It carries information between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is protected by bones called vertebra. These bones create the spinal column. As a general rule, the higher in the spinal column the injury occurs, the more dysfunction is likely to occur.

For example, if the injury to the spinal cord is in the neck, this may cause loss of motor and sensory function in the arms and legs, resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia. If the injury is at the mid spine level, this usually causes loss of motor and sensory function in the chest and the legs, resulting in paraplegia. If the injury to the spinal cord is in the low back, this generally results in some functional loss in the hips and/or legs.

There are many types of sensory or functional losses that could result from a spinal cord injury, including:

  • Loss of feeling
  • Loss of function
  • Loss of ability to control your bowel or bladder
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Infertility in men
  • Inability to breathe on your own
  • Chronic pain

Why You Need Competent Attorneys

If you have a spinal cord injury resulting from medical negligence or the negligence of another, you want attorneys who are competent to handle complex medical issues and who have the experience to handle the case efficiently and appropriately. Willoughby Law Firm understands spinal cord injuries and has litigated many spinal cord injury cases, including those arising out of hypotensive ischemic insult, failure to diagnose enlarging tumors, trauma from motor vehicle collisions, degenerative spine changes, surgical mistakes and other medical negligence.

Does The Firm Handle Cases In My Hometown?

Yes. While Willoughby Law Firm is an Oakland spinal cord injury attorney firm, we have offices in Southern California and represent clients throughout the state.

Free Initial Consultation

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a life-changing personal injury, please contact Willoughby Law Firm for a FREE consultation about any type of medical negligence claim, wrongful death or personal injury claim. You can call our law office in downtown Oakland at 800-833-7005 or send an email. No fee unless we provide results.

Remember, the sooner you begin this process, the sooner your life will return to normal. So, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns if you or a loved one has been injured.