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Georgia Spine Injury Lawyers Describe Spinal Cord Injuries Suffered in Car Crashes

March 16, 2018

Montlick & Associates Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Aggressively Advocate for Paralyzed Auto Accident Victims

Despite the latest technology in the last few decades such as airbags, crumple zones, and crash avoidance systems, people will get hurt or killed in car wrecks. Motor vehicles colliding at high speeds with another vehicle or another object impart tremendous force and strain on the occupants of the vehicle. The human body can withstand a tremendous pounding. However, the body can and will break. The force created during a car crash propels the occupants’ heads and bodies around the vehicle’s interior. The momentum of the collision on the human spine can cause it to stretch and even rupture which causes a spinal cord injury.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law is proud to represent spinal cord injury victims and their families. Our attorneys understand the pain, frustration, anxiety, and sense of loss a paralyzed victim and their family must endure after a devastating motor vehicle crash. We fight hard on behalf of each injured client and their families in order to recover for them the maximum compensation to which they are entitled under the law.

The Nervous System Explained

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system, which primarily controls bodily functions. The spinal cord delivers signals from the brain to every body part and controls their functions, movements, and response to stimuli. It also transmits signals the extremities, such as the eyes and skin, and nerves perceive and relay them back to the brain for processing and interpretation. Any interruption in the signal the spinal cord carries impedes important bodily functions.

How Trauma Injures the Spinal Cord

Most spinal cord injuries arise from a traumatic event like a car accident. The violent force applied to the spine and vertebrae cause the bony structures to break. Other structures like discs, ligaments, and tendons, along with bone fragments, tear into the spinal cord. The damage disrupts the signal. Also, bleeding can happen in the spinal cavity, causing swelling. Swelling restricts blood flow and oxygen flow, which, in turn, stops the signal flow to the brain. Paralysis sets in as the victim’s blood pressure drops. Physicians call this spinal shock. The duration of spinal shock depends on several factors, including the severity and location of the injury.

The damage continues after the traumatic event and the lack of oxygenated blood kills off motor neurons that transmit signals to and from the brain. Neurotransmitters flood injured areas and over-stimulate the damages nerves. This state of excitement kills motor neurons. Free radicals and other cells invade the area, causing an inflammation response from the body. Also, specific cells called Glial cells bond with each other and form a scar at the injury site.

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Spinal injuries damage structures called axons, which help the nerves relay impulses. Recovery depends on the number of axons that survived the trauma and its aftermath. A spinal cord injury suffered before World War II would have normally been fatal. Since then, medicine evolved to a point where doctors can reconnect some of the signals with intense treatment and rehabilitation. New therapies also promise a bright future for the approximately 200,000 people residing in the U.S. with spinal injuries.

Additional facts about spinal cord injuries:

  • 80% of spinal cord victims are males,
  • 46% of spinal cord injuries occurred in car crashes,
  • About 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur annually,
  • Care for a spinal cord injury costs about $15,000 to $30,000 a year.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Auto Accident Injury Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited By Georgia Law

There are time limitations for bringing a claim. Be sure to read our "Georgia Statute of Limitations" page for more information about important deadlines that effect your ability to file an injury claim. We also provide a "A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Georgia" that will help you better understand the laws the affect your case.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.