Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Albuquerque personal injury attorney Edward Chavez, Jr. provides the legal representation you need when dealing with the often devastating effects of spinal cord injuries.

The spinal cord plays a crucial role in maintaining the body motor and sensory functions. Damage to in this region is often the result of personal injuries and can end up causing severe impairment, including temporary or permanent paralysis. As an experienced Albuquerque personal injury attorney, Ed Chavez helps you hold responsible parties accountable when spinal cord injuries occur.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Common Causes

Spinal cord injuries often happen as result of trauma, such as a sudden blow or strong jolt to the head, neck, or back. The Mayo Clinic advises that this can cause damage to the ligaments, vertebrae, or disks in the spinal column, or to the spinal cord itself. Among the most common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Car , truck , and motorcycle accidents are responsible for more than half of all spinal cord injuries.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One of the most common types of accidents, falls are responsible for roughly 15% of all of spinal cord injuries, particularly among older adults.
  • Sports and recreational injuries : Participation in team or individual sports and engaging in recreational activities can cause spinal cord injuries among young people and adults.
  • Acts of violence: More than 10% of spinal cord injuries happen to victims of violent crimes.

Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can have a long-ranging impact on every area of your life. You may be unable to work or provide for yourself, while facing heavy costs related to medical expenses and home care services.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) advises that when any type of spinal cord injury is suspected, it is important to get medical care right away. Symptoms include extreme pain or pressure in the head or neck, tingling or loss of feeling in the extremities, and problems with balance or walking.

In terms of impact, spinal cord injuries are classified as complete, meaning a total loss of function or feeling below the injury site, or as incomplete, in which some sensory or motor skills remain. The severity of these injuries depends on the area affected:

  • Paraplegia: When damage occurs in the back or lumbar regions, the result is loss of movement in the legs and lower part of the body;
  • Tetraplegia: When damage occurs in the neck or cervical region, the result is loss of use of both arms as well as the legs.

Spinal cord injuries can also affect the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems, increasing the risk of pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis, embolism, and other serious health concerns.

Speak to an Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer

As an Albuquerque personal injury attorney, Ed Chavez has spent more than three decades protecting people in our area when accidental injuries occur. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. and request a consultation to see how he can help.