Spinal cord injuries are sometimes the catastrophic results of auto accidents that leave Californians affected for the remainder of their life. Many are left paralyzed, and those who maintain their mobility still have life-long repercussions. When these injuries occur, victims may need solid legal assistance to be properly compensated for their injuries.
While those who suffer serious spinal cord injuries will typically know it immediately, there are many accident victims who suffer spinal injuries that do not manifest until later. Similar to whiplash, the spinal cord can take time to respond to any strains or breaks because these injuries are so deep and often complicated in nature. Nerve damage also accompanies spine problems in many cases too, which can add to complications when treatment options are being evaluated.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can vary significantly. There are many areas along the cord that can be injured along with other muscle and nerve damage, which means that symptoms could be the result of multiple issues as well as the spine. Each spine injury is unique in some aspect. Possible symptoms include:
• Extremity numbness
• Weakness below the injury
• Bladder or bowel movement issues
• Difficulty moving laterally or when in bed
• Deep breathing problems
• Problems sitting upright
• Problems using hands
Treatment options for spinal cord injuries are determined by the particular injury and affected body region. Many times, surgery can repair the damage, but the rehabilitation process is always long and arduous. Serious spinal cord injuries that can be rehabilitated require a substantial physical therapy regimen that must be followed strictly by the victim for the best possibility of recovery.
It is important to have an experienced and compassionate attorney throughout the entire claim process when pursuing damages. An individual may wish to retain a personal injury attorney who understands claim values and is willing to represent the case in a trial if necessary to pursue the maximum financial compensation award.