Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Spinal Cord Injuries Following Auto Accidents
Our personal injury attorneys find the severity of injuries suffered following any type of automobile accident can range from very minor to extremely debilitating. Some of the most severe injuries that people suffer as a result of an accident involve spinal cord damage. A spinal cord injury is not something that can be fixed overnight. All spinal cord injuries are different, so the recovery period for one person may be shorter than it is for another. Regardless, the fact remains that spinal cord injuries can require extensive rehabilitation that could potentially last a lifetime.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, messages from the brain cannot get to the rest of the body in the way that they should, resulting in a number of symptoms including, but certainly not limited to, the following:
- Tingling of any body part;
- Complete loss of feeling of any body part;
- Partial or complete paralysis;
- Inability to walk;
- Severe neck and/or back pain (as well as pain in other parts of the body);
- Loss of bladder or bowel function;
- Muscle spasms; and
- Trouble breathing.
Such symptoms can last temporarily, or they could be permanent, and these are only the physical costs associated with a spinal cord injury following an automobile accident. There are also emotional and financial costs that add to an already heartbreaking and painful experience. Struggling with a spinal cord injury is a stressful experience for both the injured individuals and their loved ones. Given that the recovery period for a spinal injury has the potential to be quite slow, the physical, mental and financial toll the injury takes on someone can be astronomical, causing feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty. Such feelings can last for an indefinite period of time when progress is slow, and there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
While any spinal cord injury can be tragic, when such injuries are the result of an automobile accident that was caused by someone else, it is understandable that the injured victim may wish to hold the responsible party accountable. After all, if the accident did not occur, an innocent individual would not have to suffer day after day.
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