Spinal cord injuries are one of the most serious types of injuries you can suffer as the result of an accident. The spinal cord is responsible for relaying messages between the brain and the body, and this means that an injured spinal cord can result in everything from uncontrollable shaking to paralysis. Because spinal cord injuries are so serious, it's critical that you understand the full extent of your injuries and the effect they have on your life now and in the future.
Catastrophic injuries commonly require an immediate stay in the hospital after the accident, and this can last days or even weeks. If you need surgery — sometimes more than one — that can add time as well. Medical treatment is very expensive, and even just a couple days in the hospital can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. It's also possible for victims to need to transition to a rehab care facility before attempting to return home.
In some cases, a spinal cord injury is so serious that it forever affects the victim's ability to live independently. Paralysis can mean being unable to perform daily grooming habits or fix even basic meals, and even in milder cases, victims may find they are unable to go back to the work they did prior to the accident.
If you are considering legal action related to an incident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, it's important to talk with an attorney to be sure you understand the process and have some idea of what to request in damages.