The ways a spinal cord injury can change your life

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A car accident can change your life in an instant. It can leave you with injuries and medical bills, both of which are stressful and capable of affecting multiple areas of your life. The aftermath can be particularly challenging for people who are suffering from potentially debilitating injuries, such as spinal cord injuries.

The spine is a part of the body that affects almost every other part. It’s not hard to see how a traumatic injury here can impact everything from fine motor skills to the ability to walk. Some people who suffer injuries to the spine in an accident find that the course of their lives changes and that they will require support and medical care long-term. These injuries can be expensive and overwhelming for a victim and his or her family.

Two main types of spine injuries

There are two main categories of spinal cord injuries, both of which can affect a person’s life in different ways. Every injury is different, and recovery will differ from person to person depending on the location of the impact, the person’s health at the time of the accident and other factors. These two types include:

  • Incomplete – An incomplete spinal cord injury allows for some function, feeling and mobility below the location of the injury.
  • Complete – With a complete spinal cord injury, there is no function, feeling or ability to control movement below the location of the injury.

If you experienced this type of injury, some of the things you may have to deal with could include

  • Loss of movement
  • Lack of control over certain bodily functions
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of ability to walk
  • Extensive pain
  • Loss of mobility

The care needed after this type of injury is extensive, and your medical bills can quickly pile up as you fight to get better and improve your condition.

What do you need?

The types of care and support you will need after a serious motor vehicle accident depends largely on where the injury is and how much movement you have. In some cases, therapy and rehabilitation can help a person eventually get back to their normal activities and daily life.

If you hope to seek compensation for the damages you suffered, you will want to remember that personal injury cases are time-sensitive. It is in your interest to act quickly after a car accident, especially if you have suffered a serious injury. By seeking help as soon as possible, you can begin to fight for what you need to rebuild your life and secure necessary medical assistance.

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