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Traumatic spinal cord injury is a devastating irreversible life-changing condition often caused by incidents such as motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, diving accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents as well as assault, car accidents and falls.
The overall clinical outcome of a spinal injury depends on the area and severity of the lesion. Typically, lower lesions in the thoracic area will cause paraplegia, while higher level lesions in the cervical region are associated with tetraplegia. Lesions and Damage to cervical vertebrae are the most serious of all spinal cord injuries. Cervical vertebral bones are smaller than ones in your spine due to less weight to carry. Each specific level of the cervical spine is connected to a certain group of nerve endings and bodily functions. With each type of injury, there are various functions that could be affected, or sensations that may be lost due to damage. Cervical spine injuries are the most likely to lead to tetraplegia, wherein all four of the body’s limbs are paralysed.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe or life-changing cervical spine injury, the right resources and information can be vital in your ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. This can be a difficult and frustrating time in your life, and the lives of your loved ones. Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers have valuable resources that can assist you through this process, and we specialize in providing support for spinal cord injury victims throughout Ontario.
The cervical spine from levels C1 to C3 can be the most severe type of spinal cord injury an individual may suffer. These are at the highest level of the spinal cord, at the top of the neck and near the head, and can result in complete tetraplegia. C1 to C3 spine nerves are connected to the head, facial muscles, and ears. Individuals with C1 to C3 level spinal cord injuries may suffer some or all of the following:
The C4 is a crucial vertebral level – which they call “the big one”. C4 spinal nerves run to the diaphragm, the muscle tissue that separates the abdomen from the thoracic cavity. The diaphragm is the main muscle of respiration. which contracts when you inhale. The contraction creates a vacuum which pulls air into the lungs. When you exhale air, yoour diaphragm relaxes and the air is pushed out of your lungs.
Fractures of the C4 can result in:
Life Expectancy with a C4 Spinal Cord Injury
The C5 to C8 nerves are associated with
Individuals with C5 level spinal cord injury may have the following conditions:
Individuals with C6 level spinal cord injury may have the following conditions:
Individuals with C7 TO C8 level spinal cord injury may exprience or may be:
As for mobility, some individuals with C7 – C8 SCI may:
Since 2003, we have been assisting spinal cord injury victims and their families throughout Ontario. Our spinal cord injury lawyers have helped families in Hamilton and all over Ontario secure compensation after suffering a spinal cord injury caused by the negligence of others. There’s no doubt that suffering a spinal cord injury will cost you and your families millions in care and rehabilitaion over the course of your life. There are numerous economic and non-economic damage claims that can be made against the insurance company of a person or company that causes your injury to help you recover money for pain and suffering, loss of pages wages, future wages, loss of pension accural, health and dental benefits, ongoing rehabilitation, occupational therapy, home and transportation adaptation as well as assistive devices and health care product replacements for life. Call our offices at 905-333-8888 or contact us through our online contact form to learn more about how we can assist you with your recovery.
*Special thanks to pubmed, the ABC’s of SCI, The Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury, Dr.Gladsway and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference
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