Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from dangerous and defective products. Everyday products, that seem harmless, have been linked to catastrophic injuries and deaths including: home appliances, food, drugs, automobiles, tires, medical devices, medical implants, and a variety of other products used by consumers every day.
Cervical Spine (Neck) Injury
The cervical section of the spine connects the base of the head to the trunk and shoulders (or thorax), and, in conjunction with muscle and tissue, supports the head. When the bones in this region are fractured, it is commonly referred to as a “broken neck.”
Once the spinal cord is injured, all nerves above the level of injury may continue functioning properly. The nerves below the area of injury, however, lose their ability to send messages back and forth from the brain to the rest of the body as efficiently as they did prior to being injured. Because of this, the higher up on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more areas of the body are affected. When the spinal cord is damaged at the cervical spine region, the result may be partial or complete paralysis (tetraplegia or quadriplegia), or even death.
Cervical spine injuries commonly occur as a result of an automobile accident or other violent collision. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligent, careless, or intentional acts, that person or company should be held accountable. The attorneys at Haddad and Associates have the experience and resources needed to evaluate and handle your case.
Disc Injury (Herniated Disc)
Between every bone in the spine, or vertebrae, is a gel-like cushion called a disc that absorbs shock and keeps the bones from grinding against one another. Each disc contains an outer band that encases the gel-like cushion and, like the spine itself, they encase and protect the spinal cord.
If the outer band of a disc breaks, the inner cushion can escape. This is called a “Herniated Disc .” If the damaged disc pushes into the spinal canal or nerve roots, it can cause a gret deal of pain or other neurological disruptions.
A cervical herniated disc occurs in the neck area and typically causes shoulder, arm or back pain. Arm pain is a very common cervical spine condition, which results from the injured disc material pinching a cervical nerve. Pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness may also run all the way down to the fingertips.
A thoracic herniated disc occurs in the upper spine and usually causes upper back pain, and possibly other neurological symptoms.
A lumbar herniated disc occurs in the lower spine and causes lower back pain, muscle spasms, cramping, sciatica, and leg pain or weakness. It is often referred to as a pinched nerve, bulging disc, ruptured disc, or a slipped disc.
Any type of accident or traumatic event can cause a herniated disc, which in turn can be responsible for persistent back pain, shooting leg, shoulder or arm pain, and numbness or weakness in your back, legs or arms. In severe cases it may result in spinal cord injury.