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Injury to one’s spinal cord can take place in the blink of an eye in West Virginia. Spinal cord injury can happen when someone suffers a blow to his or her head, back or neck; this blow may dislocate or fracture the vertebrate. About 11,000 individuals suffer from this type of injury every year in America.

A person’s spinal cord features many nerves that carry impulses between the brain and other parts of his or her body. One’s spinal cord and brain constitute the body’s nervous system. Injury to the spinal cord often leads to physical impairment.

Some of the biggest reasons that spinal cord-related injuries happen include vehicle accidents, falls, sports mishaps, disease and violence. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause complications, including bowel and bladder dysfunction, heart and respiratory problems, pain, scoliosis and pressure sores. In addition to causing physical problems, these injuries can affect a victim’s family members, future and finances.

People with spinal cord injury may be worried about their quality of life and the quality of their futures. They may also be angry if their injury stemmed from another party’s negligence — such as the carelessness of another driver. It is within the victims’ rights to file personal injury claims against the other party. Although monetary compensation won’t be able to turn back the hands of time and prevent their injuries from ever happening, it can help them to be less concerned about their medical bills, their ability to pursue rehabilitation opportunities and their loss of income in West Virginia.