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TX injury lawyerIf you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash, your mobility may never be the same as it was before the accident. However, medical technology is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of injury victims. In fact, a Texas teenager who was paralyzed in an accident in February has been able to regain substantial mobility thanks to treatment at San Antonio’s University Hospital and a robotic device called an Exoskeleton. Such technology may be able to help you or your loved one as well, and a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver can help you cover any associated expenses.

Advances in Technology for Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Damage to a person’s spinal cord can cause partial or total paralysis from the waist down. Unfortunately, there are no reliable means of repairing spinal cord damage and reversing these effects. Rather, treatment and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries typically focus on helping a person maintain as much mobility as possible within the limitations of the injury.

In recent years, the company ReWalk Robotics has developed a product known as the Exoskeleton to assist with mobility, and it has been approved by the FDA in the United States. The device is strapped around the user’s lower torso and legs, and it features motors at the hips and knees that respond when the user leans their upper body forward, propelling their legs and essentially allowing them to walk upright with the assistance of crutches. The device helps to prevent the atrophy of muscles and bones in the legs and upper body, and research has shown it to be effective in allowing spinal cord injury victims to walk independently after training and rehabilitation.

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TX accident lawyerEach year in Texas, around 15,000 people suffer serious, incapacitating injuries in car accidents, leaving them temporarily or permanently unable to walk or perform other activities as they did before the crash. Some of the most severe incapacitating injuries involve damage to the victim’s spinal cord. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.

Physical Limitations From Spinal Cord Injuries

In a car crash, spinal cord injuries are most likely to happen due to the crushing force of the collision between vehicles, or subsequent impacts when a vehicle enters a rollover or a driver or passenger is ejected from the vehicle. Because the spinal cord contains nerves that control a wide range of bodily functions, damage to the spinal cord can have far-reaching physical effects. These include:

  • Pain and stinging - Lesser nerve damage may initially result in sharp pains and intense discomfort.
  • Numbness and loss of sensation - Serious damage to the spinal cord can result in decreased sensitivity to touch and temperature, and in some cases, a total loss of feeling in the body parts affected.
  • Paralysis - Severe spinal cord injuries may also limit a person’s motor abilities, in some cases causing total paralysis from the neck or waist down.
  • Impairment of internal organs and body systems - The effects of spinal cord injuries can extend to the digestive, urinary, circulatory, and respiratory systems.

Spinal cord damage is very difficult to reverse, but it is possible to prevent further damage by seeking immediate medical attention after an accident and avoiding movement until medical professionals arrive to ensure you are safely transported to a hospital.

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spinal cord injuries IMAGEMany car accidents lead to injuries, but some are more severe than others. Victims often walk away with nothing more than bruises and scrapes, but it is possible to walk away with closed head injuries or spinal cord injuries that you may not even know you have until later. Spinal cord injuries can range from mild to extremely severe and can take days to show symptoms, so it is always a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident- even if you don't think anything is wrong. According to the Health section of the New York Times, the range of spinal injuries can differ greatly, and often depends on the location of the injury on the spine. Injuries that are higher up on the spine usually lead to more severe symptoms. Paralysis is a possibility and can range between total paralysis or numbness, loss of movement and feeling, or even paralysis of the breathing muscles, which frequently leads to death. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. If movement is recovered within one week, complete recovery is likely, but if movement is not regained within six months, it is most likely permanent. When a car accident victim suffers from a spinal cord injury, among other bodily complications, the most common symptoms include the following:
  • Pressure sores;
  • Shock;
  • Pain;
  • Extreme blood pressure changes;
  • Chronic kidney disease;
  • Deep vein thrombosis;
  • Lung infections;
  • Skin breakdown;
  • Muscle contractures;
  • Increased risk of urinary tract infections;
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control;
  • Loss of sexual function;
  • Muscle spasms;
  • Paralysis of breathing muscles (which can cause death);
  • Paralysis (total, or in certain parts of the body).
If you have been in a car accident or otherwise injured and you have suffered from back or neck injury or you lose movement or feeling somewhere in your body, contact a medical professional. After seeking medical attention, seek legal help with accident attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm in New Braunfels, Tex.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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