How to Care For a Spinal Cord Injury After an Accident
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Mon May 2015
- Personal Injury,
Getting into any type of accident can impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. However, when the accident results in a serious injury, such as a spinal cord injury, your life can truly turn upside down. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, approximately 12,000 people suffer spinal cord injury every year in the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered any such type of serious injury as a result of the negligent or reckless action of another individual, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function to important parts of the body, such as the arms. It can also result in the loss of feeling. Despite common belief, the spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for the victim to suffer such debilitating results. Unlike back injuries, such as ruptured disks and spinal stenosis, a spinal cord injury often results in paralysis even after the bones are stabilized.
Some victims who suffer a spinal cord injury may get better and regain some loss of function once the swelling has gone down. This may take months or even years. However, it is rare for an accident victim who has suffered a serious injury to the spinal cord to recover all functioning. Unfortunately, there is no cure for spinal cord injuries. Although many advances have been made in the lab, the results of a spinal cord injury are irreversible.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by any traumatic event. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports and recreational injuries
- Workplace accidents
If you suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party, you should immediately seek the advice of an attorney as you maybe entitled to compensation.
Caring for a Spinal Cord Injury
There is no typical case of spinal cord injury. Each case is unique, as is the care that each patient requires. As a caregiver, you will likely face many challenges. There is the initial concern for the victim’s condition and recovery. It is also common to stress about how to juggle work and finances while getting your home accessible to accommodate the effects of this injury.
You will need to learn about the many issues of spinal cord injuries and how to be an effective caregiver. Depending on the specific circumstances of the injury, you may need to learn about bowl, bladder and respiratory care. You may also need to learn what to do in the event of an emergency.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey spinal cord accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.