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Spine Injury

Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is a cord of nerves running from your brain down the spine to your waist and is protected by your neck and backbone. The spinal cord affects the nerves that control your sense of feeling and mobility.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Any serious or high impact injury accident can result in a neck or back injury causing damage to your spinal cord. The following list is some of the more common accidents which result in paralysis or spinal cord injury:

  • Motor vehicle wrecks, such as car, truck, SUV rollover, bicycle or pedestrian
  • Construction site accidents
  • Work-related accidents
  • Defective products
  • Falls
  • Collapsing walls
  • Scaffolding or ladder accidents

A spinal cord injury (SCI) therefore can impact your ability to feel or your ability to move all or parts of your body.

Depending on which part of the spinal cord is damaged, you can experience different losses of function or feeling. For example, if the area of the spinal cord around your neck is damaged, you may suffer from paralyses, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia.


When the mid to low back area of the spinal cord is damaged, the resulting injury could lead to paralysis of your legs – requiring the need for a wheelchair. Most paraplegics will still have full function of their arms and torso.



When the spinal cord is damaged in your upper back or neck area, the resulting injury could lead to paralysis of your legs as well as upper extremities, such as arms, hands, and fingers. In extreme cases, the ability to move your neck or head may be impaired as well.


It is also important to note that a broken back or broken neck is not necessary to have damage to your spinal cord; likewise, a broken back or broken neck may not necessarily result in a spinal cord injury.
Damage to the spinal cord may involve:

  • Bruising to the spinal cord
  • Scar tissue on the spinal cord
  • Pinched vertebra(e)
  • Broken or fractured vertebra(e)
  • Burst fractures
  • Subluxation


Contact An Experienced NC Injury Attorney

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, it is important that your lawyer understands the nature of your injury, the consequences, and the time and expenses involved in caring for a spinal cord injury victim. Not all personal injury attorneys have this knowledge and may be at a disadvantage in representing your interests.

At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, our serious injury attorneys understand the consequences of a spinal cord injury. We understand the potential effects it can have on your whole family. Our goal is to work with medical specialists to thoroughly understand the prognosis and full extent of the injury so we can seek appropriate compensation to cover the past, present, and future expenses and special needs.

An Advocate For Your Rights

We only handle serious injury claims, and we have been successful for over 30 years at helping hundreds of accident victims and their families obtain full, fair, and just compensation for their injuries, including paralysis. Chances are excellent that we have handled a claim similar to yours. We retain a legal nurse consultant, as well as have a full arsenal of medical experts and professionals to call upon.

To obtain more information about spinal cord injuries and the effects on the whole family, or to discuss your particular situation, please schedule a free case evaluation at (704) 376-1911 or (800) 977-3077, or contact us online.

We are dedicated to making sure you and your family obtain the compensation needed for your care.

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