Suffering a spinal cord injury is among the worst, most debilitating outcomes of an accident. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people suffer from them every year in the United States.
The reason that spine injuries are often so damaging has to do with what the spinal cord does—as the main pathway between the body and the brain, such injuries can disrupt bodily function, sometimes permanently.
Partial or total paralysis can drastically change your quality of life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might not be able to live independently anymore, which can become expensive if you have to hire medical help. Combine the cost of long-term care with an expensive stay in the hospital, and you might never be able to get out of debt, even with insurance.
That’s why it’s critical to retain an experienced attorney for your case.
If you want to make sure that you don’t miss an opportunity to recover damages from your spinal cord injury, take a look at these four facts.
A Spinal Cord Injury Can Happen in Many Situations
Spinal injuries can happen at any time. If you are in a car accident, a boating accident, a slip and fall accident, or an accident at work, you could hurt your back or neck.
One thing that many of these accidents have in common is negligence. If your accident occurred because of someone else’s actions, you should pursue compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries Have Many Symptoms
Back and neck injuries often do not present symptoms immediately. For this reason, it is critical to seek medical attention even if you are not in pain. After seeing a doctor, make an appointment to follow up. Some spinal injuries do not happen as a direct result of an accident but because of decreased function.
The Consequences Can Be Permanent
When you suffer an injury to the spinal cord, the injury can be permanent if significant damage is done to the nerves. While paraplegia and quadriplegia are possible after an accident, paralysis does not always take these forms. For example, did you know that hemiplegia—paralysis on one side of the body—is also possible?
Whatever the outcome, the permanent nature of such injuries deserves compensation for pain and suffering and loss of income.
These Injuries Are Expensive
The obvious costs of a spinal cord injury—such as hospital bills and long-term care—are expensive. But associated costs can also add up. Will you be able to work after your accident? If not, how will you pay for treatment and rehabilitation?
Some of the costs are not monetary. Your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment can also add up.
Have You Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury? Get in Touch with Us Now
If you are the victim of an accident that resulted in an injury to your spine, you need to talk to an experienced attorney. Your ability to recover the compensation that will pay for your treatment depends on it.
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