Any injury after a car accident can have serious long-term consequences. However, spinal cord injuries can be especially serious. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates 17,000 people in the United States suffer these injuries each year. Nearly two thirds of the annual spinal cord injuries come either from car accidents or slip and falls, some of the most common personal injury cases. If you are filing a spinal cord injury claim, here is information you need to know.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The medical community generally classifies spinal cord injuries in two different categories: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury results in total paralysis or causes the individual to not be able to move voluntarily. The other type of spinal cord injury is referred to as an incomplete spinal cord injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury means the injured person has some feeling and capability of movement. They may be able to move one side of their body or one particular limb.
How Serious is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Even a minor to moderate injury of the spinal cord can have lasting long-term health effects. The Medical University of South Carolina has indicated that after an initial injury to the spinal cord, additional secondary injuries become more common. In fact, those who suffered a spinal cord injury were twice as likely to suffer an additional injury in the following ten-year period.
As the spinal column contains many nerves that connect to the brainstem, those who suffer spinal cord injuries may not only be at risk for additional physical injuries but also may suffer from mental health complications such as altered personality, substance abuse and other behavioral and psychological problems.
Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annual medical costs for a spinal injury can range from $15,000 to $30,000, with it costing as much as $3,000,000 for a permanent injury. These costs do not include the value of lost wages or lost future income that resulted from the injury.
After an accident, even with the help of good health insurance, the financial impacts of a spinal cord injury could be potentially devastating for you and your family. After an injury, monetary compensation may never make you fully healthy, but good personal injury lawyers will work to make sure that your claim is fairly valued.
Get Help With A Spinal Cord Injury Claim
If you have suffered an injury to your spinal cord as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, or medical negligence, you may be able to file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the injury attorneys at Surasky Law for a free consultation on your case. We will work to get you the compensation you need to get your life back on track.