Traveling at high speeds in a box made of metal and glass is a risky activity. It only takes crossing paths with the wrong person for your trip to turn into a tragedy. Far too many people get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Other people choose to engage with their cellphones instead of focusing on the road. Some people are just too tired to drive safely.
Unfortunately, encountering any of these people on the road could result in a crash that leaves you with major injuries. One of the most feared injuries possible in a car crash is probably a spinal cord injury. The debilitating, often lifelong consequences of a spinal cord injury can leave you with a major burden after a collision.
Spinal cord injuries often have permanent consequences
Every accident that results in a spinal cord injury is unique. The consequences of a spinal cord injury often vary from person to person as well. Believe it or not, in some cases, people with spinal cord injuries can recover some or all of the function they lose due to the injury. These are cases that involve incomplete spinal cord injuries.
An incomplete spinal cord injury involves partial tearing, cutting or pinching of the spinal cord. The spinal cord and nearby nerves may suffer damage, but it may potentially heal over time. Not everyone who suffers a spinal cord injury is that lucky.
Many find themselves with a complete spinal cord injury. These injuries involve the total severing of the spinal cord. While surrounding tissues may recover in time, there are currently no medical treatments that can repair a fully severed spinal cord. The consequences of a complete spinal cord injury are usually permanent for the patient.
Expect your financial circumstances to change with a spinal cord injury
For many people, a spinal cord injury from a car crash is financially devastating. While they may have medical insurance and liability insurance for their vehicle, there are many expenses that insurance may not cover. In some cases, the person with a spinal cord injury may no longer be able to work. This is particularly true for those whose jobs require fine motor skills or heavy physical labor.
Even if you can return to work with some accommodations, it may not be possible to maintain the same position or rate of pay. For other people, the increased medical expenses that relate to a spinal cord injury may outweigh what money someone makes while working.
For those struggling with the realities of a spinal cord injury, it may be necessary to seek compensation via a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. While the accident can't undo the damage to your spine, it can offer the potential for financial compensation that offsets your losses, including medical expenses and lost wages.