Spinal cord compression occurs when a part of the spinal cord becomes compressed by bone fragments, tumors, ruptured discs, or other conditions. Spinal cord compression is generally considered a serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment, as it can cause permanent spinal or nerve damage. They can involve a great degree of pain and suffering. However, the severity of spinal cord compression can range from "slight" to "substantial".
What Are Some Symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression?
Slight spinal cord compression occurs when only a few of the nerve impulses are disrupted due to the compression. This is characterized by symptoms such as:
- Pain or discomfort in the back or neck
- Muscle weakness
- "Tingling" sensations in the extremities
- For men, erectile dysfunction and other similar symptoms
Severe spinal cord compression occurs when there is a major blockage of nerve impulses. Symptoms may include: slight or complete paralysis; loss of sensation below the point of compression; loss of control of various bodily functions; and other serious symptoms.
What Are Some Common Causes of Spinal Cord Compression?
Spinal cord compression can occur due to vertebral fractures, abscesses (collection of pus), tumors, ruptured or herniated discs, hematoma (collection of blood), or connective tissue disorders. These conditions may result from physical trauma, such as those resulting from an automobile accident, sports injury, or an intentional injury caused by battery. Compression may also occur over time due to aging or overexertion.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Spinal Cord Compression Injuries?
Various parties can sometimes be held liable for spinal cord compression injuries. These may include:
- Employers (for on-the job injuries)
- Private parties (such as a person who assaulted another innocent person)
- Other parties in an automobile accident or similar accidents
- Owners of premises (for instance, with a slip and fall trauma case)
- Hospitals and medical professionals (i.e., medical malpractice/defective surgery)
Lawsuits can sometimes be necessary to help the injured party recover lost fees and costs. These are usually compensated through a damages award in a personal injury lawsuit.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Spinal Cord Compression Claim?
Spinal cord compression is a serious medical emergency that can lead to permanent bodily damage. Various parties can be held liable for a spinal compression injury, depending on the circumstances. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with any type of legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal research to help determine your rights in your claim. Also, if you need to attend any court proceedings, your lawyer can be available to represent you during those times.