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Spinal cord injuries can lead to lifetime challenges

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

The spinal cord transmits messages between the brain and the body. When it becomes damaged, those nerve signals are impacted. This changes the way the body functions, which can lead to challenges.

For victims of catastrophic spinal cord injuries (SCIs), such as those that occur in car crashes, learning to live with these challenges can be difficult. In some cases, therapy, assistive devices and personal care assistance can help them to live the best life possible.

Physical and medical challenges

Some SCIs lead to a loss of motor and sensory function below the level of the injury. This can result in paralysis, weakness in the affected area or an inability to use the body normally. These impacts can affect the limbs, as well as the internal organs.

In addition to potential complete or partial paralysis, SCIs can cause secondary health issues. These include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spams
  • Pressure sores
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Excretory dysfunction or incontinence
  • Respiratory challenges

Some of the effects that occur immediately after the car crash might be due to spinal shock, which makes the effects of the injury temporarily worse. This should begin to abate in the days following the wreck.

Emotional and psychological challenges

The emotional and psychological impact of a spinal cord injury is significant. Many individuals experience depression, anxiety and grief as they come to terms with their new lifestyle. The sudden change in physical capabilities can lead to a loss of independence, affecting self-esteem and overall mental health.

Economic and vocational challenges

Spinal cord injuries often result in significant economic challenges. The cost of medical care, rehabilitation and assistive devices can be substantial, placing a financial burden on individuals and their families. These increased expenses come a time when the victim might be unable to work as they did before the crash, which can reduce or stop their income.

Seeking compensation from a negligent driver is one option for victims of crashes caused by negligence. This must be done within a short time frame that’s set by state law. Legal assistance can make it easier for them to get their case together and get it handled in a timely manner.

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