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4 kinds of traumatic spine injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2023 | Personal Injury |

The spine is one of the main conduits for the brain to help people move around. In other words, it’s a very important part of the body, but it’s also very fragile.

In an accident, you could suffer severe spine injuries. Here are a few injuries that others have suffered:

1. Spine fracture

A spine fracture can be like any other broken bone. With the right treatment, victims may only have to wear a brace for a few months while the fracture heals. But, there are severe spine fractures that can lead to surgery, complications and permanent damage. 

For example, people could experience chance or burst fractures. A chance fracture separates the spine during an accident. Burst fractures compress the spine and can lead to multiple fractures along the spine.

2. Hernia 

Between each vertebra in the spine are rubbery liquid sacks. These liquid sacks serve to absorb shock and reduce pressure on the bones and nerves. In an accident, these sacks can be damaged or moved. If the sacks leak fluid, they can cause nerve damage. As a result, the victim can experience extreme pain, numbness and muscle weakness. 

3. Dislocation 

A spine fracture and hernia can also lead to a spinal dislocation. Spinal dislocation can happen when a vertebra shifts out of place. As a result, the victim may suffer nerve damage and bleeding. Without immediate care and back stabilization, the injury can worsen and lead to permanent damage. 

4. Paralysis

A truly traumatic spine injury can lead to paralysis. Paralysis happens when a part of the spine is injured and the nerve struggles to send signals to the brain. As a result, the victim may lose feeling and control over their limbs

Paralysis can be unique to everyone. For example, someone could experience minor paralysis in their arm, restricting the movement in their hand. Some people suffer from partial body paralysis, causing loss of leg movement, or full body paralysis from the neck down. 

By understanding your legal rights, you may be able to get the help you need to recover from your medical injuries. Fair compensation for your injuries is often the key.