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Life After a Spinal Cord Injury

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, spinal cord injury, pedestrian accidents, paraplegia, car accident injuriesWhen accidental injuries occur, those involving the spinal cord are among the most severe. Spinal cord injuries can be life-threatening, and recovery often means dealing with catastrophic impairments. If you or someone you care about has suffered this type of life changing injury, understanding the impacts and the effect they can have, both now and in the years to come, is essential for your recovery. 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries can occur as the result of car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents as well as due to slips or falls. The Mayo Clinic advises that damage to any portion of the spinal column or nerves can result in permanent changes in sensation, strength, and ability in the areas of the body below where the injury occurred.

With incomplete spinal cord injuries, there may varying degrees of sensation and function below the injured area, while complete injuries involve an almost complete loss of feeling and function. In terms of the body parts affected, paraplegia generally affects the trunk, legs, and pelvic regions, while tetra or quadriplegia impacts those areas as well as the upper body, such as the arms and hands. The following include complications that the Mayo Clinic states can result due to spinal cord injuries:

  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control;
  • Pressure sores, due to the loss of skin sensation;
  • Circulation problems, which can cause low blood pressure and swelling of the extremities;
  • Respiratory issues, which can increase your risk of lung problems, such as pneumonia.

Other impacts victims of spinal cord injuries often face include increased risk of cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, sexual issues, and depression.

Dealing With The Impacts of Your Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries have catastrophic impacts on the life of victims and their loved ones, but support services are available. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is one of the largest groups for providing spinal cord injury resources and advocacy.

It was started after the former ‘Superman’ actor suffered a spinal cord injury during an equestrian competition that left him paralyzed in 1995. They offer information on the latest medical treatments, along with referrals to organizations that may be able to help in providing physical therapy, obtaining medical devices, making modifications to your home or car, and offering support for caregivers.

Your insurance provider may pay a portion of your expenses, but there are many services you will likely need to pay out of pocket. This is why it is so important to speak with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney after your accident and before accepting any compensation offered. The Reeve Foundation estimates that these injuries result in between two and four million dollars in lifetime costs, money that should be included as part of your settlement.

We Are Here to Help 

Contact the Jachimowicz Law Group if you or someone you care about suffers a spinal cord injury. Our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys provide the caring, professional legal service you need at a time like this, to help you get the maximum amount you are entitled. Contact our office online and request a free consultation today.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/definition/con-20023837

https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis

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