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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is defined simply as damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of function, such as mobility or feeling.  If you or someone you love have been suffered from SCI in Mesa, Arizona as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, it is important to call the law offices of Brigham Cluff and David Cluff to ensure that your rights are protected.  The initial consultation is free, and we only collect if we are able to recover monies for you.

The spinal cord is a major bundle of nerves that stretches about 18 inches from the base of the brain, down the middle of the back, to the waist.  The spinal cord is very delicate, but is protected by the vertebra, also called back bones, or spinal column.  It is possible to break a bone in your back or neck without damaging your spinal cord.  The spinal cord itself is responsible for sending messages from the brain to the rest of the body and from the body back to the brain again.  If the spinal cord is injured, either partially or completely, the person will lose some type of mobility or feeling in certain areas of the body, depending upon what section of the spinal cord has been injured.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord can be injured by laceration (cut), being pulled, pressed sideways or compressed.  Direct injury such as cuts caused by bone fragments or fragments of metal can result in spinal cord injury.  Damage to the spinal cord can also occur if there is bleeding, fluid accumulation or swelling within the spinal canal.  This can build up too much pressure on the spinal cord, and cause injury. The most common causes of spinal cord injury are:

  • Car accident
  • Bicycle accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Gunshot wound
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

Depending upon what section of the spinal cord has been injured, the effects can vary from minimal and fully reversible to life-long debility.  Spinal cord injuries can result in some of the following:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of feeling
  • Increased pain
  • Weakness
  • Unable to care for self

Physical restrictions of a spinal cord injury are just the beginning of the recovery process. There are usually enormous costs involved with care and rehabilitation of a spinal cord injury patient.  Depending upon circumstances, the average first year expenses for a patient with spinal cord injury can range from $150,000 to over $400,000, and life time expenses can easily reach over $1 million.  In addition to this burden, it is unfortunate that over 60% of patients with spinal cord injury will not be returning to work.

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