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The challenges that surface after a spinal injury

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Car Accidents |

The other driver walked away with minor injuries from a collision that he caused due to negligence. Not you, though. The situation seems so unfair as you likely will endure months and even years of physical and occupational therapy just to function in your home.

And there is the possibility that you may never work again. You sustained a lengthy list of injuries that included a concussion, fractured arm, broken collar bone, internal bleeding and a spinal injury. What worries you the most is the injury to your spine.

Nerve damage, chronic pain and paralysis

You face multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, grueling therapy sessions and mounting medical bills. But you have the will to improve in trying to get your life back as close as possible to where it once had been.

This journey includes attempting to recover from nerve damage, chronic pain, vertebrae and spinal cord damage along with potential paralysis. In time, you hope that you can walk on your own, adjusting to the use of a cane.

Motor vehicles accidents: most common cause of a spinal cord injury

You are not alone in having a spinal injury. In collecting data from 2015 to 2019, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center found that the most common causes of spinal cord injuries were due to:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: 39.3%
  • Falls: 31.8%
  • Violence (commonly gunshot wounds): 13.5%
  • Sports: (contact sports and diving into shallow water): 8%
  • Medical/surgical-related: 4.3%

A spinal cord injury is severe. With treatment and therapy, survivors may be able to function on their own. However, others are not so lucky, having to adjust to a motorized wheelchair, a modified home and a wheelchair van.

Focus on recovery, consider legal action

The reckless and negligent acts of another driver caused you to have a life-changing injury. As you attempt to recover, you must ponder the additional step of pursuing legal action. A skilled attorney can guide you through the legal system in an attempt to secure compensation.