The human spine consists of four sections, each with a different responsibility within the body. Unfortunately, when someone suffers a spine injury, the location of the damage often determines how severe the injury is. Below, our Los Angeles spine injury attorneys will detail each section and the long-term results a person may experience.
The Cervical Spine
The highest level of the spine closest to your neck is the cervical spine. This section of the spine helps to protect a person’s brain stem and spinal cord. When an injury occurs at this level, it most often results in the victim sustaining quadriplegia, impacting all four of their limbs.
Just below the cervical spine is the thoracic spine. It is a larger section than the C1 to C7 vertebrae and supports the chest and abdomen. An injury to the thoracic portion of the spine can result in paraplegia. You may lose bodily function and control beneath the point of the injury but maintain control of your arms and hands.
Lumbar spine injuries can occur just below the thoracic spine and result in severe damage. This area of the spine has a wider range of motion, so when an injury occurs, it can limit the person’s motor function, flexibility, and more. It can result in paraplegia, but most people retain their ability to walk with specialized medical equipment.
The sacral spine is behind a person’s pelvis. When a sacral spine injury occurs, it can significantly impact a person’s bladder and bowel control and hip function. Most people can walk, but they may experience struggles while doing so.
At BD&J, PC, we know how dangerous a severe spine injury can be. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers commit to providing you the highest level of care when it matters most. We work on your behalf to help you seek maximum compensation for your damages. Trust us to stand in your corner.