Spinal cord injuries are absolutely devastating to the victims. Unfortunately, people every day are injured or killed each day because of spinal cord injuries, typically involving car accidents. Sometimes the injuries can be mild and the victims can be healed. In other cases the victim is paralyzed, either completely or partially. Paralysis can last a lifetime and can result in not only a complete change in lifestyle, but also many other medical conditions which can result in death.
After a spinal cord injury has occurred, usually the patient is transported to the hospital, after being stabilized. The medical professionals at the hospital will first keep the patient breathing, keep the neck from moving, and will try to prevent shock. In addition to attending to these immediate needs, the medical professional will perform tests to see how badly the spinal cord has been damaged.
After the spinal cord damage has been determined, the patient may stay in the intensive care unit or be transferred to a special center. The patient may be given medication to help the injuries. The patient will most likely have surgery, and may choose to participate in experimental types of treatment.
Once the surgery is done, it’s critical to prevent side effects that can arise from the spinal cord injury. Some examples of side effects include blood clots, as well as infections. The patient will probably begin rehab and taking certain medications. The spinal cord injury victim may also want to think about obtaining products that can help cope with the injuries, such as custom wheelchairs or computers.
Spinal cord injuries can come in many forms. In general, there are two types, incomplete and complete. Among those two types of spinal cord injuries are many forms of injury, including:
– Complete tetraplegia
– Complete paraplegia
– Anterior cord syndrome
– Brown-Sequard syndrome
– Posterior cord syndrome
– Cervical spinal cord injury C1-C8
– Thoracic spinal cord injury T1-T12
– Lumbar spinal cord injury L1-L5
– Sacral spinal cord injury S1-S5
– Central cord syndrome
– Spinal contusion
– Injuries to individual nerve cells
Anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury knows how completely the injury can turn a person’s life upside down, as well as the lives of family members. The victim may face emotional damages, as well as be financially wiped out. The spinal cord injury victim may die an early death because of the spinal cord injuries.
Because of all the devastating consequences of a spinal cord injury, it’s vital that the spinal cord injury victim obtain compensation for the accident which caused the injury. The spinal cord injury victim may choose to make a claim against the other driver, his or her employer, or another party. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that spinal cord injury victims should seek compensation for their devastating injuries.
Call Micha Star Liberty, Oakland personal injury attorney, at 510-645-1000 or 415-896-1000 if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident. Micha Star Liberty helps her clients seek compensation for their astronomic medical expenses, their lost wages, a reduced life expectancy, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. Call today to learn more about her services.