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The complex features of a spinal cord injury

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents and other incidents can all lead to spinal cord injuries, which can dramatically alter your life. For some who have this type of injury, the effects are lifelong. 

The location of the damage, the severity of it, and the type all have impacts on how much a person can recover after this type of injury. Keeping a positive attitude throughout the recovery process is beneficial and can help to improve its success. 

What are some long-term complications of a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, which is the consequence that commonly comes to mind when they hear about these kinds of injuries. However, spinal injuries can also cause numerous chronic health problems, such as:

  • Incontinence
  • Joint contracture
  • Heart problems
  • Lung issues.

Injuries to the spinal cord affect the area of the body below the level of the injury, so the higher the injury on the spine, the more devastating the complications. 

Many people who have this type of injury will need to go through various types of rehabilitation. This includes physical, occupational and possibly vocational. The goal is to help the person recover as much of their ability as possible. 

Claiming your life back after a spinal cord injury can take time and effort. It costs money to make some of these happen. There’s no reason why a victim of a spinal cord injury should have to cover the costs of these themselves. Instead, they can seek compensation from the liable party to cover their costs through a personal injury claim. Get experienced legal guidance to learn more.