Spinal cord injuries frequently occur in serious motor vehicle accidents. For many Texas victims, it can become a life-changing event, as they must go through years of therapy and frequently cannot hold down jobs for the rest of their lives. Even though medical science has made tremendous advances in treating these injuries in recent years, victims still feel tremendous emotional, physical and social effects.
Extent and symptoms of spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents are usually severe, but they can also be minor, developing slowly in victims. Symptoms involve the ability to control your arms and legs. Injury severity is classified as complete or incomplete, depending on how much ability or sensory function victims retain following the incident. Paralysis is another defining factor, with the condition divided into quadriplegia/tetraplegia, where all four limbs are paralyzed, or paraplegia, where only part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs are affected.
Spinal cord injuries can have wide-ranging consequences, so it’s essential that you seek medical care after you have suffered one, even if it doesn’t seem severe. Emergency signs include the following:
- Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the extremities
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Don’t underestimate your needs
Head, neck and spine injuries can have lingering consequences. Serious injuries can develop slowly over time and may not be initially apparent. Whether they are catastrophic or chronic, the victims may end up missing work resulting in lost wages, mounting medical costs, and other adverse circumstances.
Although insurance payments may cover some of your costs, often, these proceeds are not enough. At other times, insurance companies may balk at payments, either lowballing the award or claiming that victims caused the accident and shouldn’t receive compensation. Filing a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident could be the answer. Money from a successful negligence claim can help pay for medical bills, therapy, living expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.