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Back Injuries

Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Michigan

The most likely cause of spinal cord injury is physical trauma. In many cases, severe damage to the spinal cord results from another person’s negligent conduct. If this happened to you or a member of your family, contact us immediately.

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The following sections have more information on Back Injuries:

  • Anatomy of a Spinal Cord Injury

    The spinal cord, along with the brain, makes up the central nervous system. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs from the brain down to about the waist. A column of protective bones, known as vertebrae, surrounds this bundle of nerves.

    A spinal cord injury is defined as any damage to the spinal cord, which can cause a loss of function to the body. Frequently, this loss of function is total or partial paralysis and/or a lack of physical sensation.

    It is possible to suffer a serious injury, such as a ruptured disc, and not damage the spinal cord. Thus, broken vertebrae in the neck or back (i.e. a broken back) may be less serious than injury to the spinal cord itself.

    When a spinal cord injury does occur, the extent of that injury often relates directly to the level (location) on the spinal cord where the trauma occurred. Injury to the cervical portion of the cord, the area associated with the neck, often results in quadriplegia, the total paralysis of the arms and legs. If the injury occurs to the mid-section of the spinal column or thoracic region, the result is paraplegia, the paralysis of the lower body. Lower spinal column or lumbar region injury can cause paralysis of the legs or loss of sensation and/or some loss of lower mobility.

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  • Treatment for Spinal Injuries

    There still is no cure for spinal cord injuries, although modern research continues to provide hope for future treatments. The most encouraging recent breakthroughs are medications administered shortly after injury, which reduce the spinal cord swelling and lessen the severity of injury. Most of these medications are steroid-based. One of the most common is called methylprednisolone.

    About 85% of spinal cord injury victims who survive the first day after injury are still alive ten years later. This is a substantial improvement from a generation ago.

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  • Back Injury Statistics

    Given the current population size of 314 million people in the U.S., the recent estimate showed that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) is approximately 54 cases per million population in the U.S. or approximately 17,000 new SCI cases each year.

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    Source: https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%202016.pdf