As an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer, Mr. Vosseller works with neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, neurologists, life care planners, and other specialists to understand the extent of the injury, the limitations faced by the victim, and rehabilitation opportunities.
Mr. Vosseller understands that survivors of spinal cord injuries face a lifetime of enormous expenses for medical care, rehabilitation therapies, mobility devices, and home modifications. Mr. Vosseller works with a team of physicians and other experts to identify and calculate every foreseeable expense.
The Spinal Cord
Your spinal cord and brain make up your central nervous system, which controls most functions of your body. The spinal cord is composed of long nerve fibers that carry messages to and from your brain. These nerve fibers feed into nerve roots that emerge between your vertebrae; vertebrae are the 33 bones that surround the spinal cord and constitute your “backbone”. There, the nerve fibers organize into peripheral nerves that extend to the rest of your body.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
Most spinal cord injuries cause permanent disability or loss of movement and sensation (paralysis) below the site of the injury.
Quadriplegia or tetraplegia is paralysis that involves the majority of the body, including the arms and legs. Quadriplegia results from a spinal cord injury at the neck level.
Paraplegia is a spinal cord injury affecting only the lower body. The injury typically occurs at the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae.
Spinal cord injuries are often classified as “incomplete” or “complete”, depending on how much of the cord width is damaged. In an “incomplete”, or partial, injury, the spinal cord is able to convey some messages to or from your brain. The victim of an “incomplete” spinal cord injury may retain some sensation and possibly some movement below the affected area. Many people with partial spinal cord injuries are able to experience significant recovery.
A “complete” spinal cord injury is defined by total or near-total loss of function and sensation below the area of injury. However, even in a “complete” injury, the spinal cord is almost never completely severed. Doctors use the term “complete” to describe a large amount of damage to the spinal cord.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries may be traumatic or non-traumatic. A traumatic spinal cord injury may result from a sudden, violent blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. Such injuries often occur in motor vehicle collisions, vehicle rollovers, falls, and other traumatic events. Additional damage often occurs over days or weeks after the incident because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord.
Nontraumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by arthritis, cancer, blood vessel problems or bleeding, inflammations or infections, or disk degeneration of the spine.