No one wants to get into a car crash, but the risk is always present on the road. In some collisions, people walk away with minor to moderate injuries. Bruises, muscle strains and even broken bones may heal fully over time, leaving those injured able to resume their lives. Other injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents can leave people unable to work, sometimes permanently.
One kind of injury to be aware of after a collision is a brain injury. Signs of brain injuries can take days to develop, but these conditions can have a lasting impact on someone’s life. Similarly, spinal cord injuries can cause severe, often permanently disabling conditions. Those who suffer spinal cord injuries in car crashes may find themselves unable to return to work.
Spinal cord injuries vary based on location and severity
Doctors usually describe spinal cord injuries based on both the location of the injury to the spinal cord and the severity of the damage. In some cases, those with spinal cord injuries can make partial or even full recoveries over time. These situations usually involve incomplete spinal cord injuries.
An incomplete spinal cord injury involves tearing, bruising, penetrating wounds, or cuts to the spinal cord that does not fully sever the nerve tissue. There can be serious symptoms, including an inability to control the body below the injury site. With care, surgery and physical therapy, some suffering from incomplete spinal cord injuries recover function in the affected areas. Complete spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, involve severing of the spinal cord. With this kind of injury, any loss of function and secondary symptoms will likely persist for the life of the injured party.
The location of the injury also impacts a person’s ability to acclimate to the symptoms. For example, spinal cord injuries to the neck or cervical spine can result in loss of use of all limbs. Injuries in the middle and lower back may only impact some organs and the legs.
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most expensive
For many people struggling with a crash-related spinal cord injury, there are overwhelming medical expenses. In addition to emergency trauma care after the crash, there are surgeries, inpatient care at hospitals or rehabilitation centers and ongoing physical therapy. Even people with complete spinal injuries require physical therapy to keep their limbs from atrophying.
When someone else causes a crash that injures you, you shouldn’t have to worry about the financial outcome. Motor vehicle insurance policies alone may not offer adequate protection from the massive expenses involved in spinal injury cases. You may need to seek additional compensation to offset your lost wages and medical bills by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash.