In a typical recent year, spinal injuries cause permanent paralysis in 500 persons of all or lower limbs, and nearly 6,500 people died of their injuries. The reason that spinal injuries have such devastating results is that the spinal column carries the nerves and nerve roots that connect the muscles of the body, and that includes critical muscles like the heart, breathing, walking, and any movement which can consist of an orthopedic injury or impairment as well.
The neck is called the cervical spine, the middle back is the thoracic spine, and the lower back is called the lumbar spine. Up and down the spine is a column of hard bones called vertebrae. These hard bones protect the delicate spinal column. We have flexibility because the hard bones have soft spaces in between them; the soft spaces are called discs. They cushion shocks and allow us to move as we do, and move without pain. When the vertebrae get moved out of place, they can press on the discs; the narrowing is called stenosis. When the discs erupt and exude the inner fluid, these are called herniated discs.
The nerve roots radiate out from the spinal column to all parts of the body. They pass through openings that keep them free of crimping or too much pressure. When a nerve root gets squeezed or compressed, then pain radiates along the path of the root. The pain can be debilitating.
Many automobile and other impact injuries damage the spine in the neck or cervical spine region. Most neck injuries involve the spine at the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae. The typical symptom is pain that radiates from the neck down the arm.
An injured plaintiff can recover for economic losses and pain and suffering. A vehicular personal injury accident, a slip and fall, or a construction accident can result in partial to permanent disability. The plaintiff can bring a legal action for damages that include an award for emotional trauma, recovery of past and future medical expenses, and past and future wage losses. A spouse or partner may be able to recover for loss of consortium.
Neck injury cases have a high potential for long-lasting consequences, and you will need the advice of experts to determine the extent of injury, recovery, and medical costs. Your attorney will bring experts and file actions against every party that played a role in causing your neck injury. Contact the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers to learn how we can help you make your case.