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The State of New Jersey’s system for injury compensation is structured under tort law, which attempts to rectify a “civil wrong” that caused losses or suffering to another individual. Although a criminal act can fall within tort law, personal injury torts usually are focused on the harm done due to the negligence of a person, corporation or any other entity.
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New Jersey Auto Accident Injury Claims
New Jersey is a "No-Fault" state. This puts the burden on an injured person to produce medical evidence from a doctor that they have suffered an injury that is permanent in nature. Read More >

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are 200 to 300 product recalls each year. A large percentage of these recalls involve children’s products and toys. Read More >

If you are injured in a car accident and only have the minimum coverage under a standard insurance policy for underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, regardless of how seriously you were injured, you will be limited to a $15,000 recovery. Read More >

Slip Fall Injury Unsafe Conditions
In our experience in dealing with slip and fall claims, we have seen every type of reaction from property owners when they discover that they are involved in a lawsuit. Sometimes they are open and willing to share details such as work-site-history and possible surveillance tapes which may show exactly how the incident happened. Other times they are not and some prodding is needed. Read More >

Injury Medical Exam
Remember that this is an exam for the purpose of stating that you are not injured, or that if you have a condition that it is not related to your accident. If this doctor is friendly, beware. Read More >
    The Delicate Nature of Spinal Cord Injuries
Mr. Morelli is an experienced trial attorney who has been actively appearing before juries since he was admitted to the bar in 1981.Read More >
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        Each year in the United States, over 10,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury, also called SCI: any damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility. Such injuries can be caused by trauma or disease and can result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation, loss of movement (paralysis), or loss of bowel or bladder control.
Pathways for the Central Nervous System
The spinal cord itself is one of the bodies’ most important systems, vital to the transfer of neural signals between the brain and the rest of the body. What many people forget is that the spinal system itself consists not just of lumbar vertebrae, but also major components of the central nervous system. It is divided into 31 different parts, segmented into three main sections – “upper back”, “mid back” and “lower back”. This is important to note because each one of these 31 parts controls various sensations in the body through spinal nerves. In addition to the nerves, there are major arteries running through the back as well, including the left and right posterior arteries.
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But, let’s focus on the nerves that run through the spine for a moment, because in most cases where an injury is involved to the spine, that is where they occur. The upper section of nerves in the spine, called cervical spinal nerves, exit through the various openings in the bones or vertebrae. Each vertebra has a numbered location, with those in the cervical area being labeled C-1 through C-7. The middle section, or thoracic spine, are labeled T-1 through T-12. In the lower back, the lumbar vertebrae are represented by L-1 through L-5. Each nerve exiting these areas control different pathways in the body, and in turn, injuring any one of them could cause sensations to occur in different areas.
Long Term Effects of Trauma
For example, the L-4 and L-5 lumbar spinal nerves control the pathways that end up reaching the toes and the foot. So, if you are involved in say a car accident where this part of your back has been injured, that could lead to further pain running down into your feet and toes. Even though the toes themselves were not subject to trauma, it is the damaged nerves leading from the spine which will cause them to feel this way. The nature of the injury depends entirely on whether the spinal cord and nerve root itself were damaged and the subsequent inflammation that occurs.
Spinal Vertebrae Accident AttorneyTypically, in today’s age spinal cord injures are usually suffered in motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and slip & falls. Damaged nerves can lead to a loss of sensation, weakened muscles, a “buzzing” electrified feeling in affected areas, or even paralysis.
There are two types of injury – complete and incomplete. A complete injury is one in which the victim has no sensation or voluntary motor movement on either side of the body below the level of the injury. If the victim has some feeling or partial movement, it is called an incomplete injury.
Afferent and Efferent Nerves
The nerves that branch out from the spine form a closed loop from the spinal column to the muscles and skin with the following steps – #1 “Sensation”, the body feels a feeling and the message is relayed to the spinal cord - #2 “Decision”, the message is sent from the spinal cord to the brain and then - #3 “Reaction”, where the brain relays the message back through the spinal column to the nerve. Damage caused to either end of these loops can lead to entirely different issues and losses of sensation.
Spinal Cord Nerves Back Injury AttorneyWhen a sensation is felt in the body, that feeling is picked up by a nerve located near the skin. In order for this feeling to be “felt” though, it must first travel to the spinal column via what is called an afferent nerve. The spinal column then transmits any messages that the nerve may have been sending back up to the brain – such as “ouch, that hurts”. Any messages sent back to the nerve by the muscles near the skin are then sent through what are called efferent nerves, which allow the person to then respond to the sensation. All of this happens nearly instantly, seamlessly to us as the feelings are felt and then reacted upon. But, when those messages the brain is sending and receiving from other parts of the body are relayed through damaged neurons, the messages themselves can become muddled or diluted. This is what leads to the differing sensations resulting to injuries to these nerves, whether it is from a car accident or any other type of trauma.
How Insurance Handles Spinal Injuries
Frequently, insurance companies will delay spinal cord treatment to seek a cheaper option. Time is of the essence, especially when a nerve itself has been damaged, and the quicker it is acted upon, the higher the chances are for a successful recovery. That’s why it’s very important that, if you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you contact a qualified attorney who can make sure you are getting the proper treatment needed.
A spinal cord injury usually involves swelling of the spinal cord which affects the whole body. When the swelling goes down, the patient may regain function months or years after the injury but it is rare for all functioning to be recovered. Treatment presently consists of stabilizing any broken vertebrae, maintaining the patient, preventing movement to the injured area, and reducing swelling.
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If you or a loved one suffering from a spinal cord injury is in need legal assistance, contact the Law Offices of John Morelli by calling 856-616-1300 to speak with a representative from the firm.

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