The impact of a car wreck can jar the body. This can lead to catastrophic injuries, including those involving the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries can lead to lifelong impacts that change the way you live. They don’t only affect the victim, they can also impact those close to them.
1. Paralysis is possible
Many people think of paralysis when they hear about a spinal cord injury. While that’s a common occurrence, it doesn’t always happen. The location of the injury directly affects what part of the body is affected.
2. Recovery may occur
Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. A complete injury means the nerves are severed. The nerves aren’t fully severed in an incomplete injury. People who have an incomplete injury are more likely to have a better recovery than those who have a complete injury.
3. Effects vary greatly
Spinal cord injuries can lead to a host of complications. These include:
- Bladder and bowel incontinence
- Trouble breathing, sometimes requiring a ventilator
- Weakened arms and legs
- Loss of sensation
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inability to regulate body temperature
In some cases, the effects of a spinal cord injury can be addressed through therapy and other means. The goal for someone with this type of injury is usually to live the best life possible.
Anyone who suffers a catastrophic injury in a car crash should ensure they get the care they need. This can be costly, but they can include the cost of medical care in their claim for compensation. Other financial damages, such as lost wages can also be factored in. Texas law limits the time you have to get the claim filed, so act swiftly.