Spinal Cord injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries in Philadelphia

Serious Representation for Serious Injuries

At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr we provide representation to individuals and family members who have been injured due to the carelessness or recklessness of others. Attorney Thomas J. Murphy handles all different types of personal injury & accident claims, including those involving spinal cord injuries. Car accidents and truck accidents are common causes of spinal cord injuries, and more times than not, negligence on the part of an individual or business can be responsible for causing the accident.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

These painful injuries occur when the boney protective layer surrounding the spinal cord is damaged from a fracture, dislocation, compression, burst, hyperflexion, or hyperextension. The damage and effects upon the body vary depending on the type of injury sustained, and some of the most common include:

Cervical Spinal Cord Injury (Quadriplegia)
Injury on the cervical level most often cause weakness or paralysis in both the legs and arms, and all the regions of the body below the point of injury or the top of the back may be impacted. This injury can lead to the loss of physical sensation, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction, and respiratory issues. Victims of cervical spinal cord injuries may need to be in a brace or stabilizing device to keep their necks in place.

Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury
This injury often causes weakness or paralysis in the legs, known as paraplegia. Thoracic injuries do not affect the arms and hands most of the time, but can also lead to the loss physical sensation and sexual, bladder, and bowel dysfunction. The thoracic level of the spinal cord controls certain muscles in the back and abdomen, so victims may need to wear a brace to provide stability to their trunks.

Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury
Injuries to the lumbar level cause weakness or paralysis to the legs, also called paraplegia. This part of the spinal cord controls signals sent to the lower parts of the abdomen and back, the buttocks, certain external genital organs, and areas of the leg. These injuries can lead to the loss of physical sensation and bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction. Victims often need surgery and external stabilization.

Sacral Spinal Cord Injury
The sacral level of the spinal cord controls signals sent to the genital organs, thighs, lower parts of the legs, and the feet. Injuries to this area of the spinal cord usually cause the loss of bladder and bowel function and lead to sexual dysfunction. Victims may also experience weakness or paralysis in their hips and legs.

Incomplete vs. Complete Injuries
The impact of spinal cord injuries varies based on the extent of the damage. If the injury is incomplete, the spinal cord has not lost all ability to send or receive signals from the brain, and there may still be some movement and sensation below the point of the injury. The injury is complete if there is a complete lack of sensation and motor function below the point of the damage.

Spinal cord injuries are very serious and have the potential to permanently disable a person. Because the spinal cord controls so many of the body's functions and movements, damage to any part of the spinal cord can be detrimental to a person's health. Those suffering from spinal cord injuries may face a lifetime of pain, or paralysis, both of which can significantly reduce a person's quality of life. Some victims of spinal cord injuries may require around the clock medical care for the rest of their lives. Our team is dedicated to providing victims with the comprehensive and tireless legal counsel needed to help them effectively pursue generous compensation. We believe you deserve a generous settlement to help your family overcome these difficulties, and we would be proud to provide you with knowledgeable, relentless advocacy.

Fight for the compensation you deserve!

No matter what the exact cause of the injuries may be, a personal injury claim may be necessary if someone's negligence contributed to the accident. Attorney Thomas J. Murphy can perform a thorough evaluation of your situation to determine whether or not you have a case, and if you do he will take whatever legal actions are necessary to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions. As your attorney, Mr. Murphy will try to get you compensation for doctor bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, on-going medical costs, and any other miscellaneous expenses incurred as a result of your spinal cord injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence, contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr.!