Spinal cord injuries often leave victims with some form of paralysis. If it is determined that someone has an injury to their spinal cord he or she is usually immediately admitted to the ICU (intensive care unit). This is done because spinal cord injuries are severe, and need constant watch and attention because with the spinal cord in such a vulnerable state it is easy to do more damage after the injury.
Spinal cord injury effects are usually lifelong. After stabilizing the injury and the victim, care becomes focused on preventing complications that could happen as a result of prolonged bed rest and keeping the victim comfortable.
Some spinal cord injuries take away the victim’s ability to move on their own for the rest of their life, especially with complete spinal cord injuries, so while in the hospital, and for the rest of their lives, a great deal of care must be kept to prevent long-term effects such as:
- bed sores
- progressive muscle weakness
- blood clots
Common long-term effects for any spinal cord injury victim, whether the injury is complete or incomplete are:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex actions or spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
- Pain or intense stinging sensation
- Physical, emotional, and mental wear
These effects could be temporary or life-long depending on the victim and the type of spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury victims usually need to rely on others for assistance with even basic everyday tasks. Those close to spinal cord injury victims also experience physical, emotional and mental wear as their lives have also been altered to care for their loved one.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers can get you the compensation you deserve for the constant care and medical treatment that is needed for victims of spinal cord injuries because they change not only the victim’s life, but also those close to the victim. The life span of spinal cord injury victims is also significantly shorter than that of healthy individuals.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a spinal cord injury, please, contact our Spinal Cord Injury lawyers by calling 1-800-444-5309 now for a free consultation. The attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm want to help you and your loved ones after the tragedy you have experienced. We, along with our team of medical and legal experts, will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.