There are many potential types of accidents that can happen in the workplace. Many of them result in serious injury. One of the most serious types are cervical spinal cord injuries.
The human spine is divided into multiple sections from top to bottom. The cervical spine is comprised of the top 7 vertebrae (C1-C7). This is your neck-area. The higher up the spinal cord the more serious the nature of the injury and its results.
If you’ve sustained an injury to your back or spinal cord, a medical assessment needs to be done immediately. This enable the doctors to evaluate the situation and plan for the best course of treatment. If the C3 or C4 vertebrae have sustained damage, the injury can result in fatality, paralysis or quadriplegia.
The symptoms of cervical injuries include:
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Loss of use (e.g. paralysis) in the torso and major extremities such as the arms or legs
- Loss of feeling
- Loss of speech or impaired ability to speak
- Loss of ability to breathe, requiring a ventilator or other device
An Important Risk with Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries
There are a number of issues and complications resulting from cervical spinal cord injuries. However, the one that people often overlook is the risk to a victim’s mental health. Life for this individual has changed dramatically. How that person copes with the new realities of life will have a direct impact on his/her ability to maintain physical health.
This can be extremely difficult if the people who suffered cervical spinal cord injuries were the breadwinners for the family. Many of these people find the transition to being significantly dependent upon others to be one of their greatest challenges.
Therapy and counseling for the injured victim, as well as the immediate family, can go a long way in helping the situation. Depression, helplessness, overwhelming hopelessness can all stem from this type of injury. It can affect everyone as each family member struggles to cope with this new chapter.
The Scheynost Law Offices experience in helping injured workers helps us to more fully understand the complex impact cervical spinal cord injuries have. If you’ve been injured at work, you’ll need an experienced attorney to help guide your workers’ compensation case.