Spine injuries are some of the most catastrophic, leaving individuals who suffer them to endure a lifetime of pain and suffering. Spine injuries can arise in numerous forms, but the severity of the damages depend on the location of the spine where the injury occurs.
There are four areas of the spine where the damage can arise:
- Cervical spine injury
- Thoracic spine injury
- Lumbar spine injury
- Sacral spine injury
Cervical Spine Injury
The cervical spine contains the C1 to C7 nerves, which help to control the shoulders and neck. An injury in this area of the spine can lead to tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which decreases function in all limbs below the shoulder and neck area.
Thoracic Spine Injury
The T1 through T5 nerves help with upper chest and mid-back muscles. The T6 through T12 nerves control abdominal and back muscles, and any injuries to these nerves can result in paraplegia, which impacts the function of your lower limbs.
Lumbar Spine Injury
The L1 through L5 nerves and vertebrae hold a larger portion of weight and the vertebrae are larger. An injury to this area can lead to paraplegia in some cases, but they most often lead to some loss of function in the hips and legs.
Sacral Spine Injury
The sacral spinal cord is the lowest part of the spine and sits just above the tailbone. An injury to this area can allow for general use of hips and legs, but there may need to be aid when walking. It can also result in bladder and bowel control.
In the most severe spine injuries, the damage can lead to lifelong paralysis. The care necessary can cost a significant amount of money, meaning it’s necessary to take legal action against anyone who may have caused you harm.
After a spine injury, working with an Atlanta spine injury lawyer can help you. At Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, we’re committed to guiding our clients through the complex matters that lie ahead, pursuing compensation for the damages you sustain.