Spinal cord injuries are catastrophic and can sometimes lead to permanent paralysis. While there are many causes of these injuries, car accidents are among the most prominent.
People who have a spinal cord injury might not ever return to the quality of life they had before the injury. They face many new challenges, some of which can be very complex. Even if they aren’t paralyzed, they can still have many health complications, such as nerve pain or muscle weakness.
Why are spinal cord injuries different?
The location of the injury on the spine and the type of injury, whether it’s partial or complete, both play a role in how a person is impacted.
Spinal cord injuries always affect the area of the body below the point of trauma, so damage higher on the spinal cord will affect a larger part of the body. Injuries that sever all the nerve pathways are more likely to produce more serious effects.
What are the causes of spinal cord injuries?
Motor vehicle crashes cause nearly half of all new spinal cord injuries. While drivers can obviously take steps to minimize the risk of a crash or reduce the chances of an injury by observing speed limits, driving sober, paying attention to the road and wearing their seat belts, there’s no possible way to control other drivers — and wrecks happen despite the best of intentions.
Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligent actions should learn their options for seeking compensation. This is an opportunity to try to hold that party accountable for their negligence and get the compensation you or your loved one may need for their future needs.