Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer | Workplace Injury
The spinal cord is the neural connection between the brain and the rest of the body. Layers of tissue inside the spinal column, a succession of interlocking vertebrae that run from the base of the brain to the pelvis, that protect it from injury. Nerves extrude from each area of the spinal cord through the vertebrae.
The health of the spinal cord depends upon the optimal functioning of the spinal column, which ideally should not be diseased, stressed or traumatized in any way. However, because of its function and orientation within the body, the spinal column and the spinal cord within it, are prone to injury. The people most prone to spinal injury are men aged between 15 and 35. In other words, those people who are most likely to be physically active. Most spinal injuries are sustained in car accidents, work related injuries, or sports injuries.
Industry and Spinal Injuries
Working in industry involves a lot of physical activity that pulls the spinal cord, pushes it sideways or compresses it, often because of lifting loads. A person twisting his head, neck or back awkwardly or abnormally can also suffer spinal injury. An accumulation of blood due to back injury can compress the spinal cord, causing damage. Fragments of broken vertebrae can pierce or even sever the spinal cord. The most common spinal injuries are contusions or bruising, symptoms of which are local pain and inflammation, even fever in the injured person. The injured person can also suffer temporary immobility, depending upon the area of spinal injury.
Initial treatment for spinal injury involves pain medicine, steroids to reduce inflammation and a period of enforced immobility to ensure that the patient’s ruptured tissues heal.
Rehabilitation for Spinal Injuries
The type of rehabilitation required depends upon the extent of the spinal injury, usually a combination of:
- Pain Medication
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
Physical and occupational therapy help the patient regain basic skills after the injury such as:
- Going to the bathroom
- Performing common household tasks
A patient may also require speech therapy depending on the severity of the spinal injury.
Hasner Law has over eighty years of combined experience in workers’ comp cases for spinal cord injuries in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. Our firm prides itself in helping claimants gain maximum benefits. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury while on the job, it is imperative that you contact the spinal injury attorneys of Hasner Law today so that experts can manage your workers’ comp claim.