Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries After Car Accidents
Many car accident victims injure their cervical spinal cord. The cervical spinal cord is a bundle of nerves in the neck that transmits brain signals to all of the essential body organs and limbs. If the cervical spinal cord is damaged, the victim might lose the ability to move his or her arms and legs, or worse, his or her heart or lungs might fail. Even a less severe cervical spinal cord injury typically causes the victim to experience a lifetime of chronic pain, numbness, and loss of range of motion in the neck.
If you injured your neck in a car accident, we urge you to contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer that specializes in cervical spinal cord injuries. The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have successfully represented many victims that have suffered severe cervical spinal cord injuries. We understand that this is a very traumatic time period for victims and their families. Our goal is to help ease your suffering so that you can focus upon getting the best medical treatment for your injuries.
Many Cervical Spine Injuries Are Not Visible On X-Ray Films
Contrary to what you might think, some of the most common cervical spinal cord injuries are not visible on x-rays. X-rays are only able to show broken bones. So, if the car accident victim fractures one of the vertebrae in his or her spine, that injury will appear on the x-ray film. However, spinal vertebrae fractures are relatively uncommon.
The commoner type of spinal cord injury caused by a car collision is a cervical disc herniation, which is not visible on an x-ray. A herniated cervical disc occurs when the inner core of the spinal disc in the neck expands outward and presses on one of the nearby nerves. A cervical disc herniation causes spinal pain, muscle spasms, and lost range of motion in the neck.
In order to properly diagnose a cervical disc herniation, the accident victim should undergo an MRI exam. Unfortunately, emergency room physicians don’t typically order MRI exams for patients. Instead, they just order x-rays. As a result, many car accident victims that have injured their cervical spinal cords are told that they’re “fine,” because the x-rays didn’t reveal any broken bones.
When some accident victims hear that news, they might think that they don’t need any additional medical treatment. Unfortunately, if cervical disc herniations aren’t properly diagnosed and treated, they can cause a lifetime of chronic pain. Therefore, the safest practice is for car accident victims to follow-up with an orthopedic doctor after they’re released from the emergency room. The orthopedic doctor will order an MRI exam to make sure that the accident victim has not suffered a moderate to severe cervical spinal cord injury.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
Imagine that you’re unable to control your bladder. Or, that you’re confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Or worse, you’re unable to breathe. If you’ve suffered one of those cervical spinal cord injuries, you will need a lifetime of medical treatment.
If you suffered those injuries in a car accident, you should never consider settling your case until all of the lifetime consequences of your injuries can be measured. That means that you should be evaluated by a life care planner that can monetize all of the medical treatment that you will need in the future. You should also be evaluated by a vocational rehabilitation expert that can evaluate the jobs, if any, that you’re qualified to perform as the result of your injuries. You should also be evaluated by an economist that can evaluate your lost wages and lost future earning capacity.
The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have helped catastrophic injury victims and their families for decades. We’re here to listen to your story and help ease your pain. Then, we will help you recover the compensation that you deserve which means evaluating every aspect of your losses and communicating all of the harms you’ve suffered to the insurance adjuster. If the insurance adjuster won’t offer you what you deserve, we will gladly take your case to trial.