Spinal cord injuries from a motor vehicle crash can vary from minor issues that heal completely to severe ones that can lead to paralysis or death. There are several factors that impact the outcome of the injury and how a person is able to live after it.
There are questions that often come up about spinal cord injuries. Here are some answers that might provide valuable information for you:
What determines the severity of the outcome?
There are several factors that determine the severity of the outcome. These include the location of the injury and the type. Higher level ones can lead to more effects than lower level injuries. Complete injuries, which are those that don't have any feeling or movement below the level of the injury, are more serious than incomplete ones. An incomplete injury is associated with feeling, movement or both below the level of the injury.
Other factors that can impact the ultimate outcome include the immediate treatment that you get at the scene and the treatment that comes in the hours and days after the injury. Having a doctor who is familiar with your type of injury and the treatments that are working the best can also have an effect on what happens.
How likely is it that I will experience some level of recovery?
The likelihood of recovery depends largely on the type of injury and the treatments that you receive. In most cases, incomplete injuries are associated with better levels of recovery than complete injuries.
Recently, a story regarding a man who suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by a truck while bicycling in September of 2016 has come to light. The man broke his spine, which resulted in a pinched spinal cord. His legs were paralyzed at the scene of the accident. The man was given a 2 percent chance of regaining function in his legs. He defied the odds and will run a half marathon with the doctor who treated him and the man who crashed into him.
What options do I have after the accident?
Getting medical care after the accident is the most important thing you can do. Once you have gotten the medical care started, you can determine if you are going to seek compensation for the injury. The circumstances of the crash are a huge factor in your case, so make sure to carefully consider how these might impact the outcome.