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What effects result from a spinal cord injury?

It is easy to take basic things for granted in the fast-paced world Knoxville residents live in. When a tragic accident occurs, however, individuals can lose the things they once took for granted and have their entire life changed in an instant.

There are few better examples of this than the catastrophic injuries that frequently occur after motorcycle accidents. Given that motorcyclists are typically outmatched in an accident by much larger vehicles, serious injuries can result even if the accident itself did not occur with great force or speed.

Many motorcyclists may suffer a spinal cord injury, for instance, where nerves at the end of their spinal canal or the spinal cord itself are damaged. Motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, are the top cause of spinal cord injuries, causing more than 35 percent of spinal cord injuries.

The spinal cord plays an integral part of a human body. As a result, there is no shortage of damage that can result from a spinal cord injury.

For example, some individuals lose control of their limbs after a spinal cord injury. Others may suffer paralysis, depending on the severity of the injury and the location of the damage.

While these issues may be widely known, spinal cord injuries can also result in other symptoms like loss of bowel or bladder control, loss of sensation, spasms, changes in sexual function, pain and even difficulty breathing. In dealing with all of these physical injuries, many individuals also suffer depression.

Not surprisingly, spinal cord injuries can require years of care. When individuals suffered the spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence, they may have a legal cause of action they can pursue against the responsible party to recover compensation for their injuries and the expenses for medical treatment and therapy.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Spinal cord injury," accessed on July 24, 2015

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