People who are involved in a motor vehicle crash can suffer from many injuries. While some of these are can be minor, others can be catastrophic. A spinal cord injury falls into the latter category.
A spinal cord injury causes damage to the nerves and cells that transmit information between the brain and body. The severity and location of the damage directly impact the types of effects a person will experience after the injury.
Some injuries can have long-lasting impacts
Spinal cord injuries that are complete are usually associated with permanent effects. Those that are incomplete have a greater chance of some recovery. This classification has to do with how much sensation there is below the level of the injury. It’s possible that some nerve connections can remain intact, which means that the injury was incomplete. Those nerve connections introduce the possibility of the person regaining some function after the injury.
Some people who have a spinal cord injury will suffer permanent paralysis. This means that their entire life will change dramatically. Even when some recovery is possible, many victims will have to re-learn vital life skills in order to live the best life possible. This can be very challenging.
People who suffer a spinal cord injury often have to deal with intensive medical care. This can be costly, especially when you factor in the reduction in income that usually occurs after a catastrophic injury. These individuals may opt to pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. This is a way to recover the costs associated with this type of injury. Having legal guidance can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.