Damage to the neck or back in an accident can cause some of the most devastating injuries. If the spinal cord is damaged in one of these accidents, it can cause partial or complete paralysis. In some cases, sensation, mobility and function may be at least partially regained. However, severe cases of paralysis can mean that an individual experiences paraplegia or quadriplegia for the rest of his or her life.
The story of one accident victim shows the strength of and life-altering changes to those affected by spinal cord injuries. The man was seriously injured this year when he was hit by a car outside a restaurant. Both his spine and spinal cord were injured in the accident. He currently needs a wheelchair and costly home modifications.
The victim is in the process of transitioning home from the hospital and rehabilitation center. A local non-profit organization that assists the disabled community has donated medical equipment to assist him with the transition home. However, he still faces a long road to recovery.
Due to the serious nature of spinal cord injuries, long-term medical care is often needed. This is especially true for paraplegics and quadriplegics, who may be unable to do the everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. The medical expenses associated with care and rehabilitation can quickly add up.
It is important for anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another to protect any legal rights available. An injured person may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party and recover compensation for the damages sustained.
Source: Tucker Patch, "Website Will Help Injured Pedestrian," Kevin Madigan, Dec. 28, 2012