An Overview of Spinal Cord Injuries (Part B)

Vertebrae are grouped into 4 categories along the spinal column, which are (in ascending order): 

  • Sacral;
  • Lumbar;
  • Thoracic; and
  • Cervical.

 
The nerves in the sacral area regulate the internal functions housed in the pelvic region (waste expulsion, sexual activity, etc.) while the leg muscles are controlled largely by the nerves in the lumbar region.

The thoracic nerves control the body's chest and abdominal muscles. And the cervical nerves are responsible for arm and hand movements, the diaphragm, and the muscles in the head and neck. Generally speaking, the higher up on the spinal cord that the injury occurs, the more dysfunction will result. This means that if your Clarksburg accident results in severe injury to the cervical nerves, you may face paralysis throughout your entire body.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Complications/Treatment 

Some of the most frequent complications which stem from spinal cord injuries include: 

  • chronic pain;
  • loss of motion in limbs;
  • loss of sensory stimuli among body parts;
  • bowel or bladder dysfunction;
  • low or unstable blood pressure;
  • loss or diminishment of sexual function;
  • poor body temperature regulation; and
  • respiratory and circulatory problems. 


Treatment of serious spinal cord injuries is usually limited to physical therapy and skill-building rehabilitation activities. Sometimes, a steroid drug can be injected into the respiratory muscles soon after spinal cord injuries in order to slow down the damage to the nerve cells which control breathing functions. But at this time, there are no proven treatments which can regenerate or repair nerve tissue sustained because of spinal cord injuries.

Contacting a Clarksburg Accident Lawyer

Obviously, medical costs for a spinal cord injury victim will skyrocket because of the additional equipment, accessories, medications, and ongoing therapies which will be necessary to maintain an adequate quality of life for the patient. If the spinal cord injury was caused by an auto accident in West Virginia, a Clarksburg accident lawyer can seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident.

Unfortunately, car accidents are a regular occurrence on West Virginia roadways such as I-79, I-77, Route 50, Route 33, and I-68. In fact, our state averages over 40,000 car crashes, over 400 deaths, and over 11,000 serious injuries each year. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a West Virginia car accident, order a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The 7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your West Virginia Car Accident Claim then contact the Clarksburg accident attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.