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Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries After Car Accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Among the most common types of injuries suffered in car accidents are cervical spinal cord injuries. These can also be among the most serious types of injuries suffered in an automobile accident, as most of the body’s major functions are controlled by nerves that run through the level of the cervical spine. Therefore, it is particularly important for you to contact an experienced Illinois attorney like the experienced and aggressive attorneys of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. if you have been involved in a car accident in Illinois and have suffered injuries to your cervical spine or cervical spinal cord.

The Anatomy of the Spine

Your spinal column consists of the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. The cervical spine is at the very top of the spinal column and begins in your neck. The cervical spine is often injured in certain types of car accidents, particularly in accidents where someone is rear-ended. When you are rear-ended, all physical force from the car that hits you is transferred to the car in which you are the driver or a passenger, thrusting the car forward at the difference between the speed that your car was traveling and the speed of the car that rear-ended you was traveling while your body remains stationary. To give an example, if you are going 60 mph and the car in which you are riding is rear-ended by a driver who is going 80 mph, then the headrest of the seat in which you are riding will be propelled into your neck at 20 mph. This can cause serious injuries because many of the body’s major functions are controlled by nerves that run through the cervical spine. For instance, the nerves that control the ability to speak, breathe, control one’s bladder and bowels, and move one’s arms and legs all run through the cervical spine. Even if these nerves themselves are not damaged, an accident can result in substantial injuries to the muscle or soft tissue in your neck.

The Consequences of Injuries to the Cervical Spine

If the nerves that run through the cervical spine are damaged in a car accident, then a person can be rendered a paraplegic or their ability to use their arms, legs, hands, or feet may be lost or significantly impaired. A person’s ability to perform basic bodily functions such as breathing or controlling their bladder or bowels can even be negatively affected by an injury to the cervical spinal cord. Therefore, if you are in an accident and suffer an injury to your cervical spine, you could be in real trouble. You may find yourself confined to a wheelchair or without the use of your arms as a result of another driver’s actions in causing an accident. Therefore, it is particularly important that you assert your legal rights if you have suffered any injuries to your cervical spine or your cervical spine cord as a result of a car accident. With such devastating consequences that can be caused by such injuries, ensuring that you seek compensation from the responsible party and their insurer is particularly important to allow you to deal with the consequences of cervical spine or cervical spinal cord injuries.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. if You Suffered Cervical Spine Injuries in a Car Accident

If you were in a car accident and suffered injuries to your cervical spine or your cervical spinal cord, please call an experienced and aggressive spinal cord injury attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Over our more than fifteen years in existence as a firm, we have represented accident victims who have suffered cervical spinal cord injuries in car accidents and we understand how devastating the consequences of such injuries can be.

We, therefore, will fight hard using every tool in our legal tool available to assist you in recovering full compensation for any cervical spinal cord injuries you may have suffered in a car accident in Illinois. For a free consultation with one of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.’s experienced attorneys, please contact us at .



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