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
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.!