Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are serious. While some treatments and therapies can help someone regain partial function and have some recovery, any damage to the spinal cord is permanent. In the most severe cases, there are long-term consequences someone could face. Here’s what you need to know.
Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
A study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of spinal cord injuries. The second and third leading causes are fall accidents and motorcycle accidents, respectively.
Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
Someone with a spinal cord injury may face many life-long challenges, including paralysis. There are two types of paralysis:
- Paraplegia – paralysis in both legs, and sometimes in the entire lower half of the body.
- Quadriplegia – paralysis in the legs and arms.
Someone with a spinal cord injury may also experience:
- Loss of feeling/sensation
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Respiratory problems/difficulty breathing
- Lack of balance and coordination
- Walking difficulties
After sustaining a spinal cord injury from an accident, it’s critical to have an immediate medical intervention to mitigate any further damage. Even if you think you are injury-free, get checked. Some symptoms may not show up right away.
Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury? We Are Here For You.
Spinal cord injuries are severe and permanent, and the long-term effects can be devastating to deal with. When medical care and other therapies are needed after a spinal cord injury, it can bring you and your family financial burdens. If your injury was preventable and was due to another’s negligence, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is here to help you hold them accountable for their actions. When it comes to seeking justice, we’re in your corner and will defend your right to receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Call our firm at 816-888-8888 to discuss your potential case with us today.