Unlike other parts of the body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself. This makes a spinal cord injury one of the most devastating injuries that occur in personal injury accidents. A spinal cord injury is often the result of a sharp blow that severs the spinal cord or crushes, dislocates, fractures or compresses the vertebrae that surround the cord.
Injury to the spinal cord can cause partial or complete paralysis, and is life-altering.
A Spinal Cord Injury Causes Much More than Physical Damage
The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that travel from the brain down the back, allowing the brain to send messages to the body. Spinal cord injuries disrupt these messages. The severity of the injury will determine the physical impact it will have on an injured accident victim. In “complete” spinal cord injuries there will be no function below the level of the injury. In “incomplete” spinal cord injuries there will be some function remaining below the level of the injury. At this time there is no cure for a spinal cord injury, so damage to the spinal cord will likely change the injured victim’s life, as well as the lives of his or her family, for the foreseeable future.
A person who experiences a spinal cord injury will incur many costs associated with the injury. There will be costs that can be quantified, economic costs, such as for past and future medical care, and lost wages. These costs or “damages” can be recovered in a personal injury claim.
In addition to economic damages, an accident victim is also entitled to compensation for non-economic damages. These damages are for the pain and suffering the victim endures as a result of the injury. Although these damages are harder to measure, they are very real to a spinal cord accident victim. A skilled personal injury attorney will help a jury understand what affect the accident has had, and will have, on his client’s life.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.
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