Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
John P. Young, and Young and Young Lawyers are your Indiana spinal cord injury lawyers. Young and Young has been representing Hoosiers with spinal cord injuries since 1954. John P. Young has more than 22 years experience investigating, understanding and proving spinal cord injury cases. Spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of ways and from a variety of mechanisms. A traumatic blow to the spinal column can cause a spinal cord injury. The blow to the back can fracture the vertebrae (the building block of your back). These fractures can allow the cord to be injured because the vertebrae are no longer able to protect the spinal cord or the broken pieces of the bone can impact the spinal cord. Another mechanism of injury is from a blow to top area the head, such as in a fall, or a football injury. The head flexes forward causing the neck to do the same. As the neck flexes, the vertebrae separate and allow the cord to squeeze between the vertebrae. When the tension is taken off the neck and the head reverts back to the upright position, the spinal column can be caught between the vertebrae and either compressed or severed. As the spinal cord is the communication system between the brain and the muscles of the body, anything that interferes with the function of the cord can lead to paralysis, numbness, tingling and or pain. The possibility of quadriplegia increases the higher the injury in the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injury can be described as complete, meaning that there is a total loss of feeling and function below the point of injury. It can also be characterized as incomplete, which leaves some degree of feeling and use.
A little anatomy lesson may be helpful. The spine is divided into three general areas, the cervical region (neck), the thoracic region (mid-back), and the lumbar region (low back). The spinal cord snakes through holes in each of the vertebrae known as the foreman. Off the spinal cord shoot nerve roots which travel to all parts of the body for muscle control and the ability to sense (feel) objects. Each vertebrae is separated by discs which act as cushions between the vertebrae. The nerve roots which exit the spinal column in the cervical area serve the head and neck. The nerve roots which exit the thoracic area serve the truck of the body. The nerve roots which exit the spinal column serve the buttock and leg areas. So you can see, if the injury is higher in the spinal column everything below that injury is going to be affected. Symptoms of spinal cord injury include complete paralysis, partial paralysis, muscle spasms, tingling, pain, sexual dysfunction, bladder and bowel dysfunction.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, call John P. Young for a free consultation today. Mr. Young will work with you personally to help you sort through all the issues you now face.