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3 things to know about spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2023 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle crashes and other incidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. One of these is a spinal cord injury. Damage to the spinal cord can affect several systems in the human body.

When a person has a spinal cord injury, they need to get immediate medical care. In some cases, spinal shock can occur. This makes the injury seem worse than it is because the body is trying to protect the spinal cord. As the inflammation abates, the effects may lessen. Consider these other points if you’re diagnosed with a spinal cord injury:

Injuries vary

Spinal cord injuries are either complete or incomplete, based on the damage to the nerves. Incomplete injuries aren’t completely severed, so they may heal better than complete injuries. Recovery isn’t as likely in a complete injury, which means the nerves are fully severed.

Effects are below the injury

The area of the body that’s affected by the spinal cord injury is always below the injury site. A neck injury can affect from the shoulders down, but a lower back injury wouldn’t affect the shoulders.

Living life is still possible

Living a full life is still possible even if you have a spinal cord injury. Assistive devices can help you to enjoy your life despite the injury. Therapy options can help you to learn how to overcome some of the challenges you’re facing because of the injury.

Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury may need lifelong care. This can be costly and can make life challenging for them. They may choose to seek compensation if the injury was the result of another person’s negligence. Including specific damages like missed wages, medical care expenses, and the cost of assistive equipment is possible. Act swiftly so the time limits built into Florida law don’t pass by before you get your claim filed.