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Spinal cord injuries are associated with paralysis

Serious accidents can leave California residents with significant physical harm. Past posts on this blog have discussed traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, and a host of other damages that victims can be forced to live with after an accident. This post will discuss spinal cord injuries, a serious medical condition that is associated with different forms of paralysis.

The spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs from the brain, down the back bone, and sends nerve impulses throughout the body. It is enclosed in the spinal column, a set of bones that protect it from harm. When the spinal cord suffers damage, however, its effects are generally not isolated to the site of the injury. Because the spinal cord carries messages from the brain to other areas of the body, the injury can disrupt communications at all spots below the site of the harm.

For example, when a victim suffers an injury in their neck, they may suffer paralysis from the neck down. This form of paralysis is called quadriplegia and indicates that a victim cannot move or control their appendages. Injuries to the spinal cord that occur lower in the body may only affect a victim's lower body and leave them with paralysis in their legs.

Spinal cord injuries are serious. They can deprive victims of their abilities to move, walk, and live independently. When personal injury accidents inflict these serious forms of harm on victims, those victims may be entitled to seek recovery of their losses from the parties who caused them harm.

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