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Spinal Cord, Neck, and Back Injuries

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves, surrounded by protective rings of bone called vertebrae, that carry impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. These bones are called the spinal column or back bones.

A spinal cord injury is often caused by direct trauma to the nerves themselves, or by indirect damage to the bones and soft tissues and vessels surrounding the spinal cord.

Damage to the spinal cord often results in a loss of function, such as feeling and mobility. For most people suffering spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is not severed completely but is either bruised or torn.

A spinal cord injury is not the same as back injury.  A back injury may result from pinched nerves or a ruptured disk. A fracture of a vertebra or vertebrae may occur without a spinal cord injury, if the spinal cord itself is not affected by the injury.

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are Motor vehicle accidents, including industrial accidents, falls, acts of violence, such as a physical assault or shooting, and sports and recreation injuries.

Spinal cord injuries fall into two categories: complete and incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury, a person loses all ability to feel and voluntarily move below the level of the injury. In an incomplete injury, there is some functioning below the level of the injury.

Neck injuries are often described as cervical spine injuries. They come in a variety of types, ranging from mild to severe.  They often result from an accident or trauma, but can also

Whiplash from an auto accident may result in one or several diagnoses, which includes muscle strain, ligament sprain, and disc injury.


Where a spinal cord, back, or neck injury, however caused, was the result of another person’s negligence, the injured party will most likely have a claim in law for damages.
In California, a person is liable for injuries caused by his or her failure to exercise reasonable care, in the circumstances, towards another.

Time is of the essence as there are statutes of limitations applicable to all civil claims against in California, whether the responsible party is an individual, a corporation, or a governmental agency, through an employee, such as a bus driver, heavy equipment operator, or police officers. Generally, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury in California. However, if the injury was caused by the State of California, any of its Counties, Cities, any of their agencies, and/or by any employee/s, it is mandatory to give notice of your intent to file a lawsuit as required by statute. This has to be done no later than six months after you were injured. Unless filed in a timely manner you will forever lose your ability to file a lawsuit for damages.

It is important that you consult as soon as possible with an attorney who understands this complex area of the law, who can review issues of liability and damages with you, and make recommendations on the best course of action you can follow. Call to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys.

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