Daniel: The spinal cord runs from the brain down into the lower lumbar in
the back. It's the main highway or communication line for the brain to
various parts of the body through to the nervous system. If any part of
that spinal cord is compressed or damaged, it can disrupt the flow of
information from the brain to the various parts of the body. Now, when that
occurs, it usually results in some form of paralysis, what we call a nerve
type of injury. With regard to the peripheral nerves, if the peripheral
nerves are injured, there is a chance of rejuvenation. Those nerves can be
rejuvenated. However, if it's a direct blow to the spinal cord itself, then
the spinal cord does not regenerate, and there's a very small chance that
the patient will be healed.
You've heard the term "paraplegic" or "quadriplegic". Those all are
injuries due to injury to the spinal cord. Those are very devastating, very
life-altering injuries, not only, again, to the patient themselves, but
also to the patient's family. In the past, we've litigated many of these
cases involving spinal cord injuries. In fact, we've had numerous cases
where people have been paralyzed, not only from the chest down, but from
the lower extremities down.
Those types of injuries to a patient are very, very devastating to everyone
involved. So it's important that when someone is injured, and they do have
a spinal cord injury that the right lawyer is selected for that case in
order to get the right recovery and the right compensation.