What Causes Spinal Cord Injury?

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May 19, 2016
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Miami Personal Injury Attorney Explains the Science of Spinal Trauma

Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating personal injuries a person can suffer, and depending on the nature of the injury, it can result in paralysis of varying degrees. People with spinal cord injuries need a tremendous amount of emotional and financial support to live the best quality of life possible. In this video, Miami spinal cord injury attorney Julie Kane explains the science behind spinal cord injury and the degrees of severity.

Video Transcription:

Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by trauma. Trauma can be caused either by motor vehicle accidents, by a hard fall, by gunshot wounds, military and combat, any number of things can cause a spinal cord injury. What spinal cord injury generally means is that the cord that runs from your brain down to your tailbone that controls all the nerves in your entire body, controls all of your movement, all of the functions of your organs somehow is interrupted, and it’s interrupted usually because of some sort of trauma to the cord. When it’s interrupted, your body reacts in a way that is unexpected. If you suffer a spinal cord injury, you can have a permanent injury. Depending on the level of your spine where you are injured, different parts of your body can be affected. Spinal cord injuries affecting the cervical spine can cause someone to be paralyzed, what’s called a quadriplegic, meaning that the ability to move from the neck down is absolutely destroyed. Spinal cord injuries at different levels lower on the spine can cause paralysis, where the legs or the arms, or a single leg or a single arm can be incapacitated.

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