Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Have A Spinal Cord Injury Because Of A Work Injury. What Can Be Done To Help Me.

Spinal cord injury cases can involve significant costly damages both medically and monetarily. It is extremely important that the injured party receive proper representation by an experienced workers compensation attorney familiar with these injuries. In the past Atkinson Law Offices and Minnesota Disability have represented individuals with serious spinal cord injuries including quadriplegic spinal cord injuries.

In serious accidents the spinal cord can be damaged, anywhere from the neck down through the lower back. The spinal cord is designed to transmit both feeling and control between the brain and the rest of our body. If a traumatic event damages the spinal cord, communication between the brain and other parts of the body can be cut off, resulting in varying levels of paralysis and loss of function. These injuries can be devastating to the injured party and his or her loved ones.

Spinal cord injuries fall into two category types, complete and incomplete. A complete injury is associated with the total loss of function below the level of injury. In such cases there is no sensation, nor voluntary movement below the level of injury. An incomplete injury is characterized by partial function below the level of injury. An individual suffering from incomplete paralysis can experience an array of symptoms including partial voluntary control, feeling in areas that cannot be controlled voluntarily, or the ability to control one side of the body and not the other.

How an individual’s body is affected by a spinal cord injury is generally dependent on the level of injury. Typically, the higher up a spinal injury occurs, the more widespread the effect on the body. Usually, cervical (neck) injuries result in quadriplegia, involving loss of function in both the upper and lower extremities. Injuries above the C-4 vertebrae may even require use of a ventilator to assist with breathing. C-5 injuries can result in retention of shoulder and upper arm control, but a lack of control in the lower arm and hands. C-7 injuries usually allow some level of control in the hand and fingers despite problems with dexterity.

Lower level spinal damage that occurs in the thoracic level and below can result in paraplegia. Paraplegia is generally associated with the loss of use of the legs. However, paraplegia can also result in a myriad of other conditions including: poor muscle control in the trunk, dysfunction of the bowel and bladder, sexual dysfunction, blood pressure problems, inability to properly regulate body temperature, and chronic pain.

Finally, spinal cord injuries can result as a consequence to admitted cervical thoracic and lumbar back injuries. Occasionally during surgery damage can result to he cord or main nerves. The resulting damage is also considered a work injury as long as the underlying treatment is work related. If you sustain a work related spinal cord injury, attorney Thomas Atkinson is ready to assist you provide you with advice and recommendations to assist you with your recovery. Workers compensation benefits including nursing services, reimbursement for family care, home remodeling and other benefits are reimbursable under Minnesota’s Workers Compensation statute. Contact Tom at 651-3224-9514 or tom@mndisability.com You can also visit his website at www.mndisability.com