In many cases, any damage caused to the spinal cord is irreversible. The complex nerve cells that make up the spinal cord cannot regenerate after being damaged. Yet, although a full recovery may not be possible, treatment can improve one’s quality of life.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury, a trained medical professional can evaluate your condition and give more insight into your situation. You can also partner with an injury lawyer who can seek the cost of your necessary healthcare expenses.
You Usually Can’t Recover Fully from a Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. Once it suffers harm, there is very little medical professionals can do to fully reverse the damage. Mayo Clinic reports that spinal cord injuries can cause:
- Loss of bladder control
- Issues with posture
- Problems walking and breathing independently
- Loss of sexual function
Spinal cord injuries can also cause mental health complications, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of these conditions can prove more overwhelming than the spinal cord injury itself.
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These Factors Can Affect Your Recovery Period
While you generally can’t fully recover from a spinal cord injury, you can recover to some extent. How much you can recover depends on:
Whether You Have Any Pre-Existing Health Conditions
If you’ve suffered multiple spinal cord injuries, you could have problems making a full recovery. Your recovery period could also depend on whether you have arthritis or osteoporosis; both of these conditions can affect your bones’ integrity.
The Quality of the Medical Care You Received
The sooner you receive medical care after a spinal cord injury, the better your condition could heal. Some forms of beneficial medical care could include:
- Physical therapy. Hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic care can improve your range of motion. It can also alleviate your pain and help you adjust to a new quality of life.
- Medications. Painkillers are not a one-stop-shop when it comes to seeking medical care for a back injury. However, they can alleviate your pain while you attend physical therapy and perform day-to-day tasks.
- Surgery. You may require surgical intervention to better your condition. For instance, you may require spinal fusion if you broke bones in your back.
A doctor can evaluate your condition and explain what other measures could help you reach maximum medical improvement.
Your Body’s Response to Treatment
How your body responds to treatment will determine whether you’ll fully recover from a spinal cord injury. Some people’s bodies respond positively to intensive care, and they’re back on their feet within 18 months. Others, however, are not so fortunate.
How one’s body responds to treatment depends on their genetics, lifestyle, and activity level.
You Have Legal Options if You Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury
Indiana law lets you pursue damages if you suffered harm due to another party’s negligence. For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, you can pursue damages from the at-fault party’s insurer.
With the help of a spinal cord injury lawyer, you can recover:
- Healthcare expenses, including past, present, and future injury-related treatments
- Lost income, including lost tips, bonuses, and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can pursue additional losses than those listed here, depending on your situation.
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Why Partner with a Back Injury Lawyer on Your Case?
Right now, you’re dealing with a serious condition. The last thing you need to deal with is an injury case. However, you can entrust your claim or lawsuit to an injury lawyer. They have one goal: to recover compensation for the full cost of your injury-related losses.
- Determining the cause of your back injury
- Calculating your losses
- Keeping you abreast of your case’s progression
- Explaining your legal options
- Filing your claim and/or lawsuit
- Managing communications with multiple parties
We want to make the claims process as stress-free as possible. If another party’s actions caused you to suffer a back injury, you deserve to focus on your recovery. We’ll take care of everything else.
An Injury Lawyer Can Serve You on a Contingency-Fee Basis
The lifelong cost of a spinal cord injury can put you in dire financial straits. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, if you suffered a serious spinal cord injury, the first year of treatment alone could cost more than $350,000.
With this information in mind, you may have concerns about affording a spine injury lawyer. However, our team works on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we can start working on your case today. You pay nothing up front or out of pocket for our help.
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Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney To Explore Your Legal Options
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, only a doctor can explain if you can fully recover. While you deal with your accident’s aftermath, Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. wants to advocate for you.
Since 1985, we’ve secured millions for injured claimants, including those who have suffered serious spinal cord injuries. We offer free case reviews where you can explore your options at no obligation. Call today.