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Working hard for a living comes with a great number of risks, and one that is more common than many people think is the risk of spinal cord injury, which can result in life-altering injuries and, in some cases, even death.
There are a number of ways a spinal cord injury can occur, and most are present in most industrial workplaces or construction sites. They can happen when someone lifts a heavy load, or falls from a high ladder or a ledge to the hard ground below and they also happen when large equipment and machines don’t work properly or when people get caught between a machine and something else or between two machines, or they are involved in accidents with workplace vehicles.
In most cases, a spinal cord injury is triggered by a traumatic blow that dislocates or fractures a vertebra, which is the name for the bone disks that make up your spine and which serve to protect your spinal cord. Between each vertebra, there is a spongy disc that cushions the bones, absorbs shock and helps to protect the spinal cord inside. When one of those discs ruptures, it will herniate, or bulge out of place, and create severe pain and discomfort. Herniated discs are very common in the lower back, because of the weight that part of the back has to sustain on a normal day. When the vertebrae break, the fracture can be very serious; even a hairline fracture can have a significant impact on mobility and make it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks. Other possible injuries can involve pinched nerves or strained or torn ligaments or muscles, and those can make even the most basic movements nearly impossible and make doing your job extremely difficult, if not impossible.
A great many spinal cord injuries result in some degree of paralysis, or paraplegia, which refers to the loss of function and sensation in the lower extremities. Paraplegia leads to immediate life-altering consequences, in addition to massive amounts of serious, long-term medical treatment, sometimes being life-long in nature. Many who end up paralyzed from a spinal cord injury have to re-learn some common everyday functions they took for granted before; most notably is the ability to walk. Paraplegics are confined to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
They also suffer complications in dealing with their bladder and bowels and they are sometimes unable to regulate their blood pressure and have to re-learn how to breathe on their own. In all, people with spinal cord injuries also tend to live for a shorter time and they have to spend a greater amount of time receiving medical treatment. In addition, it usually becomes necessary to modify their home, car or even workplace.
Spinal cord injuries can be extremely serious and life-changing and finding out all the facts and determining who is responsible can be extremely difficult. The attorney you choose will have to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause and the extent of the injuries, as well as the various parties that may be responsible, a list that may extend well past just your employer. A Workplace Spinal Cord Injury Attorney will conduct witness interviews, photograph the accident scene, examine all medical records, speak to medical personnel, pain management specialists, and experts in vocational rehabilitation, in order to determine a treatment plan, and they will also speak to financial planning experts to determine the value of lost income and anything else they have to do to get the victim the recovery they deserve, even if that has to last for the course of the victim’s lifetime.
If you or a loved one has suffered any type of spinal cord injury in the workplace, please call the experienced workplace spinal cord injury attorneys at Adame Garza LLP as soon as possible, so that we can do the work to get you the compensation to which you’re entitled.