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Spinal Cord Injuries: What You Need to Know
A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord that blocks communication between the brain and the body. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and have a lasting physical and financial impact on a victim. These injuries can be caused by anything that causes a sudden, traumatic impact to the spine, such as a car accident, truck crash, boating accident or slip and fall. 

Understanding the Spinal Cord

Your spinal cord is surrounded by vertebrae, which are rings of bone that protect it. The spinal cord stretches from your brain to just below your last rib. Its primary function is to serve as the communication center from your brain to the rest of your body. It transmits messages that allow you to move and experience sensations. The spinal cord is extremely delicate and can be injured in a variety of ways.

Degrees of Spinal Cord Injuries

Your ability to control your limbs after a spinal cord injury is dependent on two factors. The first factor is the location of the injury along the spinal cord. The second factor is the completeness of the injury.

If your spinal cord injury is complete, that means that the spinal cord has been severed all the way through. All sensory feeling and motor control below the site of the injury will be gone. An incomplete injury is one where the spinal cord has not been completely severed, and there is still some sensation and movement possible.

The paralysis that results from a spinal cord injury can be referred to as tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) and paraplegia. An individual with tetraplegia has an injury higher up on the spinal cord and experiences paralysis of the hands, arms, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Paraplegia occurs when the injury is lower down on the spinal cord and results in paralysis of the legs, part of the trunk, and the pelvic organs. A number of tests are performed to determine the degree of a spinal cord injury.

The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can have permanent, life-altering effects. There can be a significant degree of pain and suffering and a difficult adjustment to changes in a person’s daily life. In addition, there are substantial financial costs associated with a spinal cord injury. It is estimated that the costs associated with a spinal cord injury may be over one million dollars in the first year alone. If a spinal cord injury is the result of someone’s negligence, then adequate compensation for all of these effects should be pursued.

An Experienced Accident Attorney Can Help

If you sustained a spinal cord injury as the result of someone's negligence, you might have the right to pursue compensation for your injury. An experienced attorney like those at the Tison Law Group, can help you through the process. We have decades of experience and would like to put that experience to work for you. Contact the trusted attorneys at Tison Law Group or call us at 813-739-1776 to schedule your free consultation today.
Tison Law Group was founded in 1998 by Tampa native William “Ty” W. Tison. Our firm is founded on the commitment to achieving excellent results while providing the utmost in personal service. Our attorneys and staff are committed to serving clients and the legal profession with honesty and integrity.
Tison's Tip
A spinal cord injury is just about as serious an injury as there can be. Get a medical team of specialists together immediately to evaluate and treat your injury. There is help. Do not delay! The quality of the rest of your life will depend on it.
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William "Ty" W. Tison, III, born and raised in Tampa, Florida, has a wealth of knowledge and experience to serve you. After graduating from Plant High School in South Tampa, Ty completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta and American University in Washington D.C. During his studies at American University, Ty was selected for an internship with the American Defense Institute (associated with the American Heritage Foundation), in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Colonel Eugene B. McDaniel on the Strategic Defense Initiative and for the return of prisoners of war. While in college, Mr. Tison also served as an intern under Hillsborough County Judge Harry Coe doing extensive research on trial practice and plea bargaining. Learn More

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