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Spinal Cord/Back Injuries

NJ Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Pursue Compensation for Accident Victims

Our commitment to justice leads to positive results

For more than 30 years, The Anthony Pope Law Firm has fought tenaciously for justice in criminal and civil court. Among our landmark cases, one example of our determination to fight for the victim of a spinal cord injury stands out. After a bruising court battle, we were able to secure $7.9 million for a man who had been shot and paralyzed following a robbery. We promise to bring the same level of commitment to your spinal injury case.

How injury disrupts and diminishes spinal cord function

The spinal cord runs from the base of the skull to the tailbone and acts as the body’s relay center, sending nerve impulses from the brain to the body almost instantaneously. Thin nerve cells called axons transmit millions of signals per second. The spinal cord regulates all movement of voluntary and involuntary muscles. A catastrophic injury that results in a contusion, lesion or break in the cord can diminish or completely disrupt impulses at the point of injury, causing a loss of neuromuscular coordination or complete paralysis.

Causes of spinal cord injury in New Jersey

Accidents and violence are the two greatest causes of spinal cord injury in New Jersey and the nation. The trauma of a car accident can fracture vertebrae, compress discs or twist the spine forcefully enough to bruise fibers or break the cord. A knife or bullet might also sever the spinal cord. Serious damage to the spine often results from:

  • Birth trauma
  • Surgical error
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Falls from significant heights

Worst case scenarios: quadriplegia and paraplegia after personal injury

Trauma that induces a break in the spinal cord produces a lesion that blocks nerve impulses. When the break is in the neck — above the first thoracic vertebra, T-1 — quadriplegia results and the victim is paralyzed in all four limbs. An injury below T-1 often does not affect the arms, but disrupts neural impulses to the abdomen and legs. The victim suffers paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs.

Spinal trauma produces numerous physical challenges

Besides paralysis, spinal cord injuries cause disruption to many bodily processes, including:

  • Autonomic reflexes
  • Bladder and bowel control
  • Body thermostat
  • Breathing
  • Internal organ function
  • Motor coordination

Paralyzed persons restricted to beds or wheelchairs risk developing skin ulcers and pressure sores. As your personal injury lawyer, Anthony Pope is determined to maximize your recovery, so the verdict or settlement you receive meets all of your needs.

Contact a relentless NJ personal injury attorney for your spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious spine injury, trust an attorney with a proven ability to maximize personal injury compensation. Call The Anthony Pope Law Firm at 973.344.4406 or contact our Newark office online for a free consultation.

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