Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cords are enormously important because their role in people’s central nervous systems is to allow the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. When a person’s spinal cord is injured in any way, it can lead to a lifetime of extreme difficulties.
A spinal cord injury (also referred to as an SCI) can require significant long-term treatment that may include physical and occupational therapy. Severe cases can prevent victims from being able to care for themselves and leave people needing full-time assistance.
Lawyer for Spinal Cord Injuries in Cincinnati, Ohio
If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of another party’s negligence, you should immediately retain legal counsel before making any kind of statement to an insurance company. Steiden Law Offices represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay us anything unless we get you a monetary award.
Our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys fight to get compensation for all kinds of accident victims in communities throughout Butler County, Clermont County, Hamilton County, and Warren County in Ohio as well as Campbell County, Boone County, and Kenton County in Kentucky. You can receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Overview of Spinal Cord Injury Cases in Kentucky
- Are there different kinds of spinal cord injuries?
- What are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries?
- Where can I learn more about spinal cord injuries in the Cincinnati area?
Spinal cord injuries are generally classified as complete or incomplete. The terminology refers to the level of sensory or motor function that exists below the neurological level of the injury. When a person has some sensory or motor function, it is considered an incomplete injury; when a spinal cord is completely severed and/or the person has no sensory or motor function below the point of the injury, it is considered a complete spinal cord injury.
A few of the most common spinal cord injuries include:
- Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia) — Damage to the cervical spinal cord that causes paralysis of all limbs;
- Paraplegia — Damage to the thoracic spinal cord that causes loss of sensory or motor function in the lower half of the body;
- Triplegia — A spinal cord injury that causes paralysis of three limbs, typically one arm and both legs although both arms and one leg is also possible; and
- Cauda Equina Syndrome — Damage to the nerves below the first and second lumbar nerves can result in partial or complete loss of movement and sensation to the legs, bladder, bowel and sexual organs.
People who have suffered incomplete spinal cord injuries may retain some feeling, but they may have little or no movement in certain parts of their bodies. Common incomplete spinal cord injuries include:
- Anterior Cord Syndrome — Damage to the front portion of the spinal cord can cause loss of motor function, pain sensation, and temperature sensation below the point of the injury, although the sense of touch may remain;
- Brown-Séquard Syndrome — Damage to one side of the spinal cord can cause loss of motor function on the same side of the body as the injury while the opposite side may lose temperature and pain sensations;
- Central Cord Syndrome — Damage to the cervical spinal cord (the center of the spinal cord) can result in loss of leg function and some bladder and bowel function, although recovery may be possible in these cases; and
- Posterior Cord Syndrome — Damage to the back portion of the spinal cord can cause difficulty coordinating movement of limbs although motor function and sensation of pain, temperature, and touch generally remain.
People may sustain spinal cord injuries if they have been involved in any one of a number of accidents. In any situation that a person suffers sudden intense pressure to their back or their spinal cord is stretched or twisted, a spinal cord can be seriously injured.
A few of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Bicycle Accidents;
- Bus Accidents;
- Car Accidents;
- Commercial Truck Accidents;
- Defective Products;
- Medical Malpractice;
- Motorcycle Accidents;
- Pedestrian Accidents;
- Premises Liability; and
- Workplace Accidents.
Ohio Archives | United Spinal Resource Center — United Spinal Association identifies itself as the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people living with spinal cord injuries or disorders. On this section of its website, you can find the names and locations of support groups in Ohio. The Cincinnati group that meets on the first Thursday of the month is BrightSide.
151 W. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation — Christopher Reeve was an actor who was best known for his film portrayal of Superman before he became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in May 1995. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (commonly referred to as just The Reeve Foundation) is an organization “is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.” On this website, you can learn more about living with paralysis, find ways to get support, and read spinal cord injury research.
Steiden Law Offices | Cincinnati Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Did you or your loved one sustain a spinal cord injury as the result of another party’s negligence? You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and many other expenses.
The Cincinnati personal injury attorneys of Steiden Law Offices represent accident victims all over Kenton County, Campbell County, and Boone County in Kentucky in addition to Warren County, Butler County, Clermont County, and Hamilton County in Ohio. Call or submit an online contact form right now to set up a free consultation that will let our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions.