Types of Spinal Cord Injuries That Can Occur in the Workplace
A spinal cord injury is one of the most dangerous injuries one can suffer while on the job. This is considered to be a catastrophic injury because of the likelihood that such an injury will hinder a person’s mobility for a significant amount of time.
If your spine has been injured, it is important to learn as much as you can about your injury and prognosis. You should also pursue all of the rights afforded to you under California’s workers’ compensation laws. An experienced attorney can help you understand workers’ comp benefits and work to resolve any issues that may arise.Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord performs a critical function in your body. It contains nerves that send messages from the brain to the body. A spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, organ failure, or loss of feeling in the body.
A spinal cord injury can also cause death. There are approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. In addition, there are more than 250,000 people with spinal cord injuries across the country.
The spinal cord can be injured by a bruise (also called a contusion) or a partial or total tear. The extent of one’s injuries will be determined by where on the spinal cord the injury has been sustained. Damage that occurs higher up on the spinal cord and the closer to the brain usually results in the most extensive injuries, such as total paralysis of all limbs. An injury lower on the spinal cord may result in paralysis of the lower limbs only.
A spinal cord injury can be classified as a complete or an incomplete injury. A complete injury is characterized by the victim having no function below the area of the injury. An incomplete injury is characterized by the victim having some function, such as movement or sensation, below the area of injury on the spinal cord. Incomplete injuries can also mean that one side of the body retains more function than the other. Both types of injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord.Contact a California Workers’ Comp Lawyer
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury while on the job, it is critical to receive the proper medical care, which should be paid for by the employer. At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., our first concern is your health, and we will work to ensure that you receive the proper medical care following your work injury. We will also help you receive disability benefits that address the income lost while you are unable to work.
Call our trusted San Jose spinal cord injury attorneys today at 408-289-1417 or toll free at 866-433-6797. There is no charge for your initial consultation.