Los Angeles Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Each year in the United States, over 10,000 people in suffer a spinal cord injury, also called SCI: any damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility. Such injuries can be caused by trauma or disease and can result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation, loss of movement (paralysis), or loss of bowel or bladder control.
Auto accidents are the primary cause but violence-related accidents have been increasing steadily as a cause of SCIs. Falls and sports accidents also cause many SCIs each year.
There are two types of injury – compete and incomplete. A compete injury is one in which the victim has no sensation or voluntary motor movement on either side of the body below the level of the injury. If the victim has some feeling or partial movement, it is called an incomplete injury.
A spinal cord injury usually involves swelling of the spinal cord which affects the whole body. When the swelling goes down, the patient may regain function months or years after the injury but it is rare for all functioning to be recovered. Treatment presently consists of stabilizing any broken vertebrae, maintaining the patient, preventing movement to the injured area, and reducing swelling. There is no cure for SCI but stem cell research has shown some signs of being useful in the future.
If you or a loved one need legal assistance, contact the Law Offices of Walter J. Wabby today for a free consultation at (818)347-6230 or by using the online form on the right column of this page.