By connecting our brain to the rest our body, the spinal cord is responsible for the function of our vital organs. Because it is so delicate, the body protects the spinal cord with a series of bones known as vertebrae, which have interlocking discs that allow us to move in a variety of different ways without damaging the cord. Most injuries to the spine occur when one of the vertebrae is either crushed or jostled (often by a sharp blow) so that it inflicts damage on the cord. If the cord is cut, this injury results in paralysis, which is irreversible.
While doctors have been unable to cure spinal cord injuries, the severity of the injury and its long-term effects on the victim's health depends on how quickly it is treated. Immediate care will lessen the damage. If the injury is not treated until much later, the pain and subsequent damage will require more intensive physical therapy and medication.
Whether the injury is sustained on the job, in an auto accident, or during a sports event, if you were not at fault, you are entitled to receive full medical care as outlined under the law. Because of the seriousness of injuries sustained to this area of the body, legal recourse for victims of such injuries is usually comprehensive. Spinal cord injury compensation often covers all health care costs, assorted treatment expenses and damages. Many personal injury attorneys specialize in this particular area of law who can present a case for lost wages and other financial damages caused by your spinal cord injury.