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September 05, 2012

Spinal Cord Injury: Hindering People from Fulfilling Life Activities




People normally experience occasional injury. On the other hand, if this injury is amplified to a certain degree, then it might hinder that person from fulfilling certain life activities. This impediment thus affects the victim not only physically but also emotionally. Stating all of these adverse effects, vehicle accidents come to mind. 

Meanwhile, one of the places where vehicle accidents are prevalent includes the State of California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were some 2,715 traffic fatalities in the area in 2010.  Therefore, there is a great possibility that those who survived the crashes had sustained grievous injuries. 

One of this is the spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI’s are defined as the result of trauma where the nerve roots of the spinal cord are often severed and the part below the injury is affected that would in the end lead to the paralysis of the victim.

In addition, the spine may have fractures and it may be crushed or dislocated due to the impact of the mishap. This ends in the impediment of the movements of the patients. Consequently, they may be frustrated and depressed as a result of these. 

Additionally, SCI’s are considered by many medical specialists as a “traitor ailment” because once left undiagnosed, the SCI can aggravate the condition of the victim. Some patients who knew of their condition quite late were completely paralyzed. If left untreated for a long time, certain patients even suffer vegetative coma.


As it is, SCI’s affect the flow of blood and it may progress into blood clotting. Not only that, others also experience urinary and bowel incontinence, a condition that further humiliates the patient.
Those who recently met a road accident should be wary of the signs or symptoms of SCI’s in order to have the proper treatment at its early stages. As an aid, here are some of the early signs of the said condition:

·         Lasting changes in strength
·         Movement failure
·         Pain and stinging sensation coming from the spine
·         Overstated impulse or tremors
·         Difficulty in inhaling and exhaling or any respiratory activities
·         Failure to feel and to sense temperature changes

Accordingly, for those who’d want to file for a case due to the SCI sustained in an accident, it is advised that such person should contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney for legal advice and representation.