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Spinal Cord Injuries at Work

The spinal cord extends from the base of the brain and is about 18 ” in length. It is surrounded by the vertebral bodies, down the middle of the back, to about the waist. The upper motor neurons (UMNs) are the spinal cord nerves which carry the messages from the brain to the nerves along the spinal tract.  The lower motor neurons (LMNs) are the spinal nerves that, from connect the spinal cord to the other parts of the body and communicate with different areas of the body.

An injury to the spinal cord is usually caused by a disease but by trauma. Some of the typical causes of Spinal cord injuries associated with traumas derives  from falls, motor vehicle accidents, violence or sports injuries. But it can also happen in work environments and job’s daily tasks.  Spinal Cord Injuries in the Workplace are usually caused by falls (i.e. falling off a roof  or a scaffolding, etc.) and can sometimes result in quadriplegia or paraplagia. Based on the Workplace Regulations 1992 (Health, Safety & Welfare) there is a specific duty valid for all employers which ensures the health safety of each employee. If you have been involved in an accident many solicitors will help people you to claim the compensation you legally deserve.

Symptoms of Spinal cord injuries can vary widely,  from pain to incontinence or even paralysis, based on where the nerve roots and spinal cord are damaged. Several treatments for the injuries of spinal cord include stem cells and controlled hypothermia.  Some of the typical treatment for spinal cord injuries is the control of inflammation and the restraining of the spine to prevent worst damage. Teatments can also vary widely based on the extent and the location of the injury. The vast majority of times, spinal cord injuries require rehabilitation and physical therapy especially if the injury interferes with daily life activities like job, family or sport activities.

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