The spinal cord is comprised of nerve bundles that transmit impulses to and from the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries result when the bony protection or soft tissue surrounding the spinal cord becomes damaged. This damage often results from falls, sports collisions, industrial accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. If you have suffered a spine injury due to the negligence of someone else, reach out to our Colorado Springs spine injury lawyers today for a FREE case consultation.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
After a thorough examination, a doctor will assign a level of injury and determine if the spinal cord injury is incomplete or complete. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord still has some ability to convey messages to or from the brain. It also means that some sensation and movement is possible below the point of injury. A complete spinal cord injury, however, indicates a total loss of sensory and motor function below the injury site. Spinal cord injuries are determined by means of:
- Neurological examinations,
- MRIs or CT scans of the spine.
The location of a spinal cord injury determines which parts of the body are affected. More extensive disability, including paralysis and breathing difficulties, results from injuries sustained to the top of the spine (or cervical vertebrae). Muscle spasms, loss of sensation, numbness, and paralysis are all common for spinal cord injury victims.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
To avoid long-term effects, a spinal cord injury necessitates immediate medical attention. Injections of Corticosteroid drugs may help alleviate swelling. And, in some circumstances, emergency surgery may be required. Different injuries dictate different treatments, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation services.
Sadly, there is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
It is estimated that spinal cord injury victims and their families will spend nearly $4 million over the course of their lifetime, especially if they are injured at the age of 25. In addition to medical expenses, spinal cord injury victims and their families will need money for special equipment, relocation expenses, private healthcare, and out-of-pocket expenses such as adaptations to their home.
Sadly insurance companies do not always consider these costs when offering a settlement. Spinal cord injury victims are urged to consult with an experienced attorney before signing any agreement. Never accept an insurance company settlement without first speaking to an attorney. Your attorney can obtain significantly more compensation for you and your family.
Living With a Spinal Cord Injury
When you are stable, the rehabilitation process will begin. The purpose of rehab is to help you become as independent as possible. Your new “normal” daily life may be very different from what you are accustomed to. Rehab will prepare you for this by helping you learn to exercise, eat right, and use a wheelchair or other aids to enjoy daily activities. Most of your recovery will occur in the first six months after the injury.