A bruised or pinched spinal cord may cause either temporary or permanent nerve damage and a severed spinal cord will cause permanent damage. Spinal cord injury victims suffer through more than just the pain and recovery from the injury. Many also have to deal with feelings of sadness, denial and anger.
In addition to adjusting to the spinal cord injury and its physical impairments, you might also face worries over:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Managing everyday expenses
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Some of the more common accidents that may injure the spinal cord are:
Results of Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord consists of major nerves which branch out through little holes in each vertebra. They then spread throughout the body, branching into smaller and smaller nerves, and providing you with sensation and movement.
If the spinal cord is damaged at the neck area, the entire body could be paralyzed. If it is damaged lower down, just the lower body could be paralyzed. Quadriplegia requires lifelong living assistance. Paraplegia confines a person to a wheelchair and probably some living assistance also. Other permanent nerve damage can all make daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating extremely difficult, and some tasks like driving a vehicle impossible.
Any injury to the spinal cord may bring problems with the lower or upper back, the neck, and any of the muscles and nerves in the area. Symptoms may include pain, loss of feeling, weakness in limbs and organ functions, muscle problems, heart and blood pressure issues, digestive problems and even sexual dysfunction.
Medical Needs after Spinal Cord Injury
Medical care and expenses both become a major part of daily life for someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury. Recovering compensation from insurance companies and negligent parties involved may include:
- Medical expenses (past, present and future)
- Cost of rehabilitation therapy (present and ongoing)
- Lost wages (past, present and future)
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Mental anguish
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, please contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA today to schedule a free consultation. You can bring all your questions and expect clear answers. It’s important to know your legal rights and options, and we look forward to meeting with you.