Spine Injury Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Spine injuries are some of the most severe personal injuries possible. The spinal cord has bundles of important nerves that connect the brain with the rest of the body. Damage to these nerves can result in permanent loss of movement and sensation in the affected area. Thousands of people suffer spine injuries in negligence-related accidents like car accidents or slips & falls every year. At DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC, we believe those responsible for causing these injuries deserve to see justice. We make it our mission to stand by spine injury victims during legal processes in the fight for fair compensation.
Levels of Spinal Cord Injuries
Medically, the vertebrae of the spine separate into six main sections. The higher on the spine the injury occurs, the worse the symptoms. While symptoms and prognoses will vary on a case-by-case basis, there are some general effects one can expect when a certain section of the spine suffers injury. A brief outline is as follows:
- Section C1-C4. This is the most severe of spine injury levels, affecting the high-cervical nerves. Injuries here typically result in paralysis to the upper and lower extremities. Survivors may not be able to breathe, eat, talk, or control bladder/bowel movements.
- Section C5-C8. These are the low-cervical nerves that correspond with the arms and hands. People with these injuries may be able to breathe and eat on their own, but may have partial or total paralysis of the wrists, hands, trunk, and/or legs.
- Section T1-T5. The thoracic nerves, corresponding with the upper chest, mid-back, and abdomen. Arm and hand function continues, but trunk and legs may have paralysis.
- Section T6-T12. These nerves affect the trunk in different areas according to the injury. Damage to these sections often results in paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs and lower body.
- Section L1-L5. The lumbar nerves, connecting to the hips and legs. Injury here often causes loss of bowel or bladder control, as well as loss of some function in hips and legs.
- Section S1-S5. The sacral nerves in the lower region of the spine. Injuries here may cause loss of function in the hips, legs, bowels or bladder, but patients can most likely still walk.
There is currently no cure for spine injuries. People living with spine injuries may have to modify their homes or vehicles to adapt to their disabilities, as well as find new jobs or stop working completely. Many hire live-in nurses or rely on machines to survive for the rest of their lives. Damages in spinal cord injuries are extensive, and deserve attention from prominent Riverside and San Bernardino lawyers. DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC is just the team for you.
Talk to a Local Attorney Today
Our firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars for clients since our founding in 1979. We take spine injury cases very seriously, and use the full extent of our available resources to carry these cases to completion. We know how life-changing these catastrophic injuries can be. We want injury victims and their families to come to us for trustworthy legal advice and representation. Call (855) 946-6464 or reach out on our website to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.