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Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Consequences

The spinal cord is a very important part of the human body. It is the highway of information between the brain and every muscle capable of motor function. To properly control physical movement, from walking to waving our hands, the spinal cord sends messages from the brain to alert specific nerve impulses, telling them when and how to react. This is why when a person suffers a spinal cord injury, they can lose the ability to walk, stand, and even speak.

Spinal cord issues can occur in any individual, regardless of lifestyle or medical circumstances. The danger is heightened for those who participate in sports, operate motorized vehicles (i.e. car, motorcycle), or work in high risk professions. People experiencing surgery are also at risk, especially those undergoing back or neck operations.


Spinal cord injuries can sometimes be the result of another party’s negligence, such as a drunk driver causing an accident which leaves another motorist or pedestrian paralyzed. Doctors performing particular surgeries can also make mistakes which may leave a patient physically disabled due to improper surgical procedures.

Defective products such as faulty seatbelts may also cause spinal cord injuries, or a staircase which was not properly built or repaired. Instances such as these are often the result of negligent manufactures and property owners.

No matter the source of the injury, damage to the spinal cord leaves an individual with extreme hurdles to overcome, from physical and emotional suffering, to medical expenses. Often, those who have endured spinal cord injury can no longer live alone, or get to and from places without assistance. Many people are confined to wheelchairs for the rest of their life after such accidents.

Physical and personal circumstances will change drastically for anyone faced with a spinal cord injury. Often, their family and friends suffer along with them, and all the while the medical bills pile up the stress and pain increase. This, along with extreme lifestyle changes and new limitations, are what truly make spinal cord injuries so devastating.

Contact Shea Law Group

If you are faced with the consequences of a spinal cord injury, caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake, you are entitled to compensation. At Shea Law Group, you will find compassionate Chicago personal injury lawyers with the expertise necessary to deal with the insurance companies, damage experts, medical professionals, and other important agencies who will play a large part in winning your case.

Shea Law Group is dedicated to helping you, which is why we never charge a fee for our services until your case is won. Call us now at 1-877-365-0040 to receive a free initial consultation.