One of the most devastating car accident injuries is a spinal cord injury. Injury to the spinal cord can cause temporary or permanent loss of function and mobility. It can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages, and it can be life-altering for the victim.
The spinal cord is the structure which runs down the center of an individual's back and contains nerves which carry information to various parts of the body. The spinal column consists of a ring of bones called vertebra which protects the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord can interrupt communication from the brain to other parts of the body.
Spinal cord injuries may be caused by a seat belt failure, air bag failure or substantial trauma during a car accident. The severity of the injury can vary and are generally classified as complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries cause permanent paralysis beneath the area of the injury, and there is no known treatment. Incomplete spinal cord injuries will allow for limited function below the point of injury.
Drivers who suffer from a spinal cord injury should discuss their claim with a personal injury lawyer and should not settle any type of claim until they are aware of the full cost for their loss.
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