The spine comprises 26 individual bones divided into five major groups; the lumbar vertebrae are the five vertebrae below the rib cage. Any spinal cord injury has the potential to be life-threatening, and nearly all spinal cord injuries are life-changing. Immediate medical care for any spinal cord injury is vital. The costs associated with long-term treatment of spinal cord injury are also very high, so it is also vital to speak with a spinal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss legal options.
Car accidents are the cause of nearly 40% of spinal cord injuries, with violent incidents such as assault accounting for about 25%. Other significant causes of spinal injury include work-related accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of a high impact trauma, and the spinal cord swells and presses against the vertebrae through which it runs, cutting off neural pathways and blood supply. Immediate emergency medical attention is crucial, because the severity of the long-term effects of the injury may depend on the amount of time it takes to begin treatment.
The lumbar vertebrae are numbered in order from L1 through L5, and cover the area between the rib cage and the pelvis. People who suffer from lumbar spinal cord injury generally retain the ability to control their trunk and hips. However, there will generally be loss of motor function and sensation in the lower extremities. As with other spinal cord injuries, the lower along the cord the injury is located, the more likely it is that the victim will retain muscle control and sensation.
The long-term prognosis for any spinal cord injuries can vary greatly depending on variables that may not be predictable. Certainly, there is a chance of permanent paralysis below the injury. Among patients who retain motor function and sensation, there may still be loss of strength and chronic pain. In any case, there will be bills for long-term medical care and physical therapy. Long-term physical therapy is very common as well. Between lost wages, and medical bills that may exceed your insurance policy’s lifetime limit, spinal cord injuries cost a great deal of money.
In the event of any spine injury, immediate emergency medical care is vital. Once basic safety has been addressed, there are many complicated issues about which you need to speak with an experienced spinal injury attorney. Keith Fuicelli is a dedicated Denver spinal injury attorney who can negotiate with your insurance company and help you file worker’s compensation or disability claims. He will also evaluate whether there has been negligence in your case and, if appropriate, file legal action against the responsible party. Keith has committed himself to helping people who have been injured in accidents; for more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Keith at Fuicelli and Lee at (303) 355-7202.
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