Few injuries hold the ability to rob so many parts of life as a spinal cord injury. Depending on the severity of the harm, a spinal cord injury might leave you paralyzed or very high-functioning and living in constant pain.
Spinal cord injuries can happen in many different circumstances, but commonly present serious threats to car accident victims and those playing high speed or full contact sports. In many cases, a spinal cord injury means a whole new way of life for a victim, one that could last indefinitely.
If you or someone you love recently suffered a spinal cord injury, you deserve to have your injury experience studied by an attorney. An attorney can help you understand which parties may hold responsibility for the injury and direct you as you pursue fair compensation for medical expenses, costs of living increases and financial losses.
Understand the severity of your injury
After you suffer a spinal cord injury, it is not always simple to know what symptoms to expect, how long the it will affect you, or if you can recover entirely from the injury at all. It is vitally important to get all medical treatment you need as soon as you become aware of the injury, to make sure that you have every chance for a full recovery.
Once you receive proper treatment, your medical care provider can help you understand more specifically what to expect. In severe cases, this may mean you now face an entirely different way of life, including expenses you never had to deal with before the injury.
The more documentation of your medical treatment and diagnosis that you can obtain, the clearer a picture an attorney can paint of the impact the injury has on your life.
Symptoms of spinal cord injury
In television or in a movie, when people suffer a spinal cord injury, that often means they suffer complete paralysis as well. In reality, this is far from the truth, although a significant portion of spinal injury victims do experience paralysis.
Paralysis may affect a number of appendages and organs below the point of injury in the spinal cord. The loss of sensation below the injury may range from partial to complete loss. Spinal cord injury victims may experience difficulty moving, difficulty maintaining control of bladder or bowels, ongoing pain or stinging in damaged nerves, among other symptoms.
These symptoms may fade over time, but, in many cases, they are part of life that must be properly managed indefinitely. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate this difficult season alone. An experienced attorney can keep your rights protected and help make sure that you have all the tools you need to focus on recovering from your injury.