Effect of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are very serious and can be life altering. Spinal cord injuries can become apparent immediately or over time. Such injuries require significant medical attention and healing times are typically slow. When a spinal cord injury is not treated properly, the likelihood of permanent damage becomes greater. If the spinal cord is fully severed, loss of bodily function is common. Reduced sensation below the injury is typical for a partially severed spinal cord. Often there will be muscle spasms, decreased control over the body, nervous system dysfunction, and impaired bladder or bowel control.
It is estimated that half of all injuries to the spine are caused by motor vehicle accidents. The effects on a person’s life after a spinal cord injury are usually serious. Settlements for this type of injury typically include compensation for loss of enjoyment of life, in addition to wage loss, medical and rehabilitation treatments, and psychological therapy. Spinal cord
damage is irreversible, but some treatments can slow deteriorating conditions. A settlement will ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and receive assistance in your recovery.
Diagnosing Spinal Cord Injuries
While serious spinal cord injuries may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, other spinal injuries with less immediately obvious effects are sometimes misdiagnosed. A personal injury lawyer can ensure that you are examined by a qualified physician and the full extent of your injuries is properly diagnosed, with reports on your injuries being provided to the court. This will allow you to receive the maximum compensation for your injury, allowing you to minimize the sources of financial stress in your life as you focus on your recovery.