Spinal Cord Injury

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There are nearly 400,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the U.S. The spinal cord sends commands from your brain to the rest of your body and helps regulate involuntary bodily functions. When you suffer a spinal cord injury, it is likely that you may be paralyzed from the point of injury downward, either temporarily or permanently. Spinal cord injuries often result in paraplegia, quadriplegia, loss of sexual functioning, loss of bowel and bladder control, respiratory difficulties, and inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature. Over 45% of all spinal cord injury cases stem from auto accidents, followed by gunshot wounds, and sports injuries. These types of injuries can diminish the quality of your life forever and cause severe depression and psychological trauma.

Spinal cord injury victims deserve compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering, and reduction in quality of life. An experienced Lake Charles spinal cord injury attorney can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Doctors predict how extensive your spinal cord injury will be depending on where on the spine the damage occurred. The higher the damage is on the spine, the more likely that the patient will lose mobility below the point of injury.

The level of SCI is based on which vertebrae are affected by the injury, and are classified from highest to lowest part of the spine as follows:
  • Neck
  • C-1 to C-4
  • C-5
  • C-6
  • C-7 and T-1
  • T-1 to T-8
  • T-9 to T-12

Injuries to the neck or C-level vertebrae are more likely to cause full paralysis than an injury to the T-level vertebrae. Spinal cord injuries can have a devastating impact on the lives of those injured and their families. At The Law Office of Christian D. Chesson, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling spinal cord injury cases. We can bring in expert witnesses to testify as to your injuries, as well as lifestyle witnesses to show the jury how your life has changed after the accident.


If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, call (337) 436-5297 or toll free at 1-877-808-3328.

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