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Tetraplegia Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis Caused by Car Accidents in Georgia

April 11, 2018

Montlick & Associates Pursue Claims for Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis Caused by Car Accidents 

Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis suffered by victims of auto accidents not only alter the victims' lives but their families' as well. Paralyzed car crash victims need specialized medical care and intense therapy. The paralyzed victim must rely on their family, friends, and healthcare workers to live, breathe, eat, and survive. 

Victims of auto wrecks that caused to spinal cord injuries and paralysis require particular attention from the lawyers who represent them with their accident claims. The Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Accident Lawyers from Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law,  zealously fight for the rights of victims of the catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys look to all avenues of recovery, striving to maximize the value of our client's cases under the law.

Spinal Cord Injuries Suffered in Car Crashes

Catastrophic spinal cord injuries occur most frequently as a result of an automobile crash. Estimates suggest that 230,000 people per year in the United States suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries in car accidents. 

The violence of a car crash can forcefully cast a person’s body around the passenger compartment. The passenger’s head and neck can wrench and bounce around with such force that the person’s spinal cord in the neck, or cervical spine, can tear or break. Damage to the spinal cord in the cervical spine, often referred to as C-Spine, will cause a disruption in the signals passed to the body by the brain, leading to an impairment of bodily functions, including paralysis.

Tetraplegia Spinal Injuries

The medical term for a spinal cord injury in the cervical spine causing paralysis is Tetraplegia.  

A car crash victim diagnosed with Tetraplegia can suffer from loss of motor skills and sensory perception in the arms and legs. Paralysis can extend to the torso as well. Additionally, a spinal cord injury resulting in Tetraplegia at the cervical spine located at the fourth vertebrae (described as C-4) or above causes breathing problems. 

Tetraplegia can be a permanent condition.  The severity of the injury will depend on the type of injury to the spinal cord. Victims of all two types of injury will have sensory difficulties in the extremities as well as the mid-section. Three variations of spinal cord injury are present after an accident. 

The three distinct of injuries are:

Crush injury. Crush injuries occur when the spine itself is crushed. Doctors must decompress the spine within two or three hours. If not, the likelihood that the injury will be permanent increases. 

“Thorn” injury. A thorn injury to the spine happens when torsion is applied to the spinal column caused by severe movement with such great force that the spinal cord is ruptured. Thorn injuries have a better prognosis than crush injuries. 

“Locked-in syndrome" Injury. Whether the spinal injury is the crushing variety or a thorn injury, an injury at the third vertebrae (C-3) or above will have a devastating effect. A spinal cord injury at the C-3 vertebrae causes a condition called “locked-in syndrome.” Locked-in syndrome is a horrible medical condition in which the patient cannot move or even to speak. The only movement possible is with the eyes. Doctors believe that the patient in the locked-in condition is aware of everything going on around them.

Treatment for Tetraplegia

Some treatment for Tetraplegia is experimental. An example of experimental treatment is stem cell replacement therapy. Other medical interventions include risky surgeries to try to repair the injury. Most often, the patient must learn new coping skills. Coping skills include using a wheelchair, increasing upper body strength, and electrical therapy to assist the body in moving again. Unfortunately, most of the medical interventions available for spinal cord patients today involve adaptation to limitations rather than complete healing, as well a return to life as the victim knew it before the accident. 

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If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law 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.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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