Car accidents can result in both physical and mental trauma. The injuries can vary from minor to severe and anything in between.
One of the more serious injuries that can occur is damage to the spinal cord. Again, there are varying degrees of this type of injury which will be explained in further detail below.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries
Some spinal cord injuries are referred to as incomplete because the victim will retain some movement below the affected area. These injuries are still very serious and symptoms will typically vary from person to person.
The victim may experience numbness and tingling throughout their body, respiratory difficulties and a host of other symptoms. With intense treatment and therapy, it may be possible for the person to recover some function, but this usually takes many months and could even take years.
Complete spinal cord injuries
As the name suggests, complete spinal cord injuries occur when there is a total loss of function below the site of the injury. In such instances, the individual will lose sensation, and the ability to move and feel temperature changes. With extensive treatment, patients are often able to find ways to cope with these injuries but they are life-altering.
Research in terms of treatment for spinal cord injuries is developing all the time and new treatments come up on a regular basis, so there is reason to be optimistic. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, make sure you look into your options in terms of pursuing legal compensation.