Pain and incapacity can severely diminish the quality of life. An injury to the spinal cord through physical trauma or disease may devastate a victim and create hardships for concerned family members. The condition may impose tremendous financial pressure on Cook County families struggling with high doctor, hospital and at-home medical expenses as well as the loss of a wage earner's income.
A spinal cord injury can be the result of direct or indirect damage. Herniated disks and injuries to surrounding ligaments or bones in the spinal column can harm the spinal cord. The injury interferes with or cuts off the information flow between the body and brain.