After a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or workplace accident, you expect to take some time to recover from your injuries before you return to work and other activities in your everyday life.
But what happens when the injury you have sustained has a long-term impact on your life and will affect you for quite some time?
This is true for those who suffer from a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can change the way you live your life in many ways, which is why we want to hold a negligent party liable for your injuries if you have succumbed to one of these serious injuries and need our help.
Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury: The Various Types
A spinal cord injury patient could find that they have sustained 1 of 2 different types of spinal cord injuries after an accident: the incomplete or complete injury. Here are both of these, explained:
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is only partially severed. This means that you may have been able to retain some of your bodily function, but this depends on how you were injured and to what extent.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury: In these cases, this happens when the cord is fully severed. You may have no function or extremely limited function, which can sometimes be regained when you go through physical therapy. It can lead to chronic pain and a huge impact on your activities of daily living.
After a car accident or other major event that causes a spinal cord injury, a patient may find that they have received either type of injury.
The truth is, incomplete injuries are becoming more common in our daily lives due to the extent of research and treatment available to those who have suffered. In fact, over 60% of people will receive an incomplete spinal cord injury over a complete one.
The Impact of a Spinal Cord Injury on Your Daily Life
Spinal cord injuries can very easily be life-threatening, which is why you should always seek prompt medical attention after your accident. In fact, many of these injuries can lead to paraplegia, or an inability to move the lower portion of the body, or quadriplegia, which leads to loss movement throughout the entire body.
As you can see, living with spinal cord injuries is never a good experience, and it is quite possible that you won’t return to the normal life you once enjoyed, which is why we want to help.
Accident victims, for example, could find it difficult to even accomplish the easiest of tasks that they were able to do before they received their injuries. Something as simple as trying to bend over to pick up something on the floor can cause immense pain to the lower back. They may have to wear a catheter since their bladder function has completely diminished after they have sustained injuries.
Where someone once might have been spending long hours at work, now they are attending rehabilitation and therapy classes so they can get back on track just to feel normal in everyday life again. Accident victims who have experienced a spinal cord injury could also find that they have a higher risk of osteoporosis, which is a chronic disorder that affects the bones. You don’t want to wait when it comes to your claim and gaining the most compensation for your injuries.
Many people who experience these serious injuries might experience symptoms like varying degrees of paralysis, difficulty breathing, bladder function issues, frequent infections, chronic pain, headaches, changes in mood, loss of fertility, nerve pain, and more. On top of this, there are many different treatment options out there, some of which could be extremely costly or cause you to miss out on work opportunities.
Those who arrive at the accident scene will stabilize you and avoid moving your spinal column so that it minimizes the long-term effects of your spinal injury and increase the chance that you will survive the accident. You may spend years in physical therapy, undergo a variety of surgeries, and engage in many lifestyle changes to get back on track after your accident.
Damages in Your Accident
No matter how your accident occurred, the party who acted negligently owed you a duty of care and failed to uphold it to the best of their ability. For instance, many of these injuries stem from motor vehicle accidents when a driver is not paying attention to the roadways or was driving drunk at high speeds.
Drivers of motor vehicles must always take caution to drive in a reasonable fashion and at a reasonable speed, maintain their vehicle, remain in control of the vehicle at all times, and other measures that help to prevent serious accidents. If the injury occurred in the workplace, you could hold your employer negligent when they have failed to keep you safe from harm, such as failing to provide you with the proper equipment for the job if you work from heights and have sustained a serious fall.
There are many damages that could be available to you if you have sustained a serious spinal cord injury. For instance, you could obtain many of the following damages:
Medical Expenses: When you have sustained a spinal cord injury, it is not unheard of to have hospital and doctor bills, prescriptions, rehabilitation costs, and more. No matter if the damages cover aspects of the past or the future, you will have them paid for under these damages.
Lost Wages: If you have missed time at work due to your injuries and now you are behind on bills, these damages could help you. Perhaps you have limited mobility due to your injury and have not been able to return to work, or you have had to miss hours. Any lost wages of the past and future could be covered.
Home Assistance: Those who have experienced spinal cord injuries could be in need of in-home assistance. Perhaps you need services to help you around the house when it comes to your injury, or the installation of a wheelchair ramp if you must now use one at all times.
Pain and Suffering: Many people who have been injured in this way could suffer on a physical and mental level each and every day. You may have chronic pain as a result of your injuries or suffer from anxiety or humiliation now that there are major changes to your life.
Punitive Damages: Punitive damages intend to punish a defendant for their reckless behavior. For example, if a driver was driving drunk, this is extremely reckless and could lead to these damages.
We want to help when it comes to your spinal cord injury and moving forward with your life. At the McGuire Law Firm, we understand that it takes many means of compensation to get back on your feet after you have been seriously injured, and we want to help. Call us today for more information at 888-352-0624.