A spinal cord injury is an injury that has the
potential to permanently alter the life of the victim and can require
years of medical treatment. Even less-severe spinal cord injuries have the
ability to keep victims from returning to work or engaging in normal,
everyday activities without expensive rehabilitation therapy. When spinal
cord injuries happen at work, those injured employees may be able to
obtain workers’ compensation benefits to lower the burden of medical costs
and other treatment. At the Barnett
Law Firm, in Decatur, Georgia, experienced attorney Hank Barnett has
represented many clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries in
on-the-job accidents. Since 1983, Mr. Barnett has helped injured workers
throughout the state obtain the workers’ compensation and permanent
disability benefits that they need to promote recovery and improved
medical health. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our firm
understands how a serious spinal cord injury can impact your life, your
family and your future.
Immediate treatment of spinal cord injuries
can reduce long-term effects, and in some cases, may be able to prevent
permanent conditions. If you have been injured, getting the medical
treatment you need should be your top priority.
Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two types of spinal cord injuries
and an injury is classified by the level and degree of function that
remains after damage has occurred.
Complete spinal cord injuries include
paraplegia, quadriplegia and tetraplegia, which involve varying degrees of
paralysis and permanent loss of motor and nerve functions. Depending on
the location and severity of the injuries, complete spinal cord injuries
could result in the loss of sensation and movement in the legs, bowels,
bladder, torso, arms and hands. Tetraplegia victims may also require
ventilator systems in order to breathe normally.
Incomplete spinal injuries are more common and
these injuries may impact sensation and movement below the point of the
injury but the effects of the injuries are usually not permanent.
Depending on the area of the spinal cord that is injured, the type and
severity of the injury will vary. Even in less severe incomplete spinal
injuries, such as pinched nerves or herniated discs, lower back pain can
be tremendous and the recovery process can take several weeks or months to