Accidents on the road or on the job are commonplace in Connecticut. The injuries that result from them are not. They can be relatively minor and still put you out of commission for anywhere from a couple of hours to weeks. The most serious accidents can leave a victim disabled for life. In the worse case scenario, it could mean death.
When a collision or work injury is due to someone else's negligence, holding someone responsible isn't merely a matter of accountability. If you are the victim, your entire future may hinge on compensation that doesn't cover your immediate recovery, but ensures your long-term survival. This may be particularly true if you suffer a spinal cord injury.
Implications of spinal cord injury
Where the spinal cord is involved, every case is different. Those in the medical field are likely to be among the first to admit that the only prognosis some victims can be offered is that only time will tell whether full recovery will occur.
We know the most common causes of spine injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, they include:
- Car and motorcycle crashes: These are the leading causes of cord injuries.
- Falls: More than a quarter of spinal injuries occur because of falls. Victims might fall from significant heights, but those at retirement age or older can be seriously hurt from a stumble at ground level.
- Violent acts: Data show acts of violence are a significant cause of spine injuries. They might be violent criminal acts, but trauma suffered in athletics and recreation are included in this category as well.
Many possible complications
Pain and paralysis are common complications associated with spinal cord injuries. Others that might not spring to mind include:
- Loss of bodily functions: Bowel and bladder control could be impaired after a spine injury. Coping techniques may have to be identified and learned.
- Skin insensitivity: Injury doesn't need to be significant to cause numbness and loss of sensation. Strategies for avoiding pressure sores might be required.
- Circulatory system: Cord injuries can so affect your circulatory system that it could increase risks of high and low blood pressure and deadly blood clots.
Predicting the full impact of a spinal cord injury is difficult, but an experienced attorney can help assess what to anticipate, what long-term care might entail, and how to best seek necessary compensation.