Aurora injury accident lawyers understand that an accident that leads to a spinal cord injury may have devastating effects. Making the situation even more difficult to process, some injuries are caused by the negligence of another person.
The impact of this injury can be long-term. Not only is the victim left to deal with the physical and emotional repercussions of the injury, but also there likely will be a significant financial burden stemming from medical expenses, therapy, missed work and more.
Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
The location and severity of damage to the spinal cord may determine the types of complications or side effects present. In some cases, the victim may experience partial or total loss of movement and sensation. This may affect the upper and lower extremities, or it may affect just the lower extremities. The trunk and pelvic region may be affected as well.
Not surprisingly, paralysis or partial loss of mobility may have long-term physical and emotional effects. The following are other possible symptoms and complications related to a spinal cord injury, according to MayoClinic.com:
- Chronic pain
- Bladder/bowel dysfunction
- Blood pressure issues
- Blood clots
- Swelling in extremities
- Lack of sensation/numbness
- Respiratory problems
- Weight/muscle loss
- Issues with sexual function
Again, the severity of these injuries may vary, so a doctor’s evaluation may provide a more accurate view of the long-term complications that the patient may expect.
Nonetheless, treatment for complications can be grueling, expensive and psychologically challenging. If the injury resulted in paralysis, it may require the use of a wheelchair. It could even necessitate the use of a ventilator. The cost of these and other medical expenses, such as long-term nursing or medical care in some cases, can add up very quickly.
An injury of this nature can cause serious interruptions to an individual’s life. It may impact his or her ability to work, enjoy activities and socialize. The devastation impacts not only the victim, but also his or her entire family. Suddenly there is a loss of income and/or a need to take care of or find care for the injured family member.
Consulting Aurora Injury Accident Lawyers
The physical, emotional and financial stress and strain of a these injuries isn’t something that should be taken lightly. D.J. Banovitz can make sure that the consequences of your spinal cord injury are addressed in your claim.
In addition, get a copy of our FREE injury guide, 7 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case, which can help prepare you for the claims process. Call 1-303-300-5060 to speak with an Aurora injury accident lawyer.