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What Is Life Like After a Spinal Cord Injury?

Posted on : April 24, 2015
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Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating, life-changing injuries that can occur. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, there are many obstacles you will soon face.

Here’s what you need to know about what life can be like after a spinal cord injury, and what to do if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident.

Spinal Cord Injury Causes

There are numerous causes of spinal cord injuries, including violent acts, car accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Other common causes include diving accidents and sports injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

Individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury often have to live with a myriad of symptoms that only increase or decrease in intensity, without actual real relief. Spinal cord injury symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and/or legs
  • Loss of control over bodily functions
  • Stiffness and pain in the neck
  • Unconsciousness

If you suspect that an individual has a spinal cord injury, it is imperative that you do not move their body and call for help right away. If CPR is necessary, do not tilt the injured person’s head back. Instead, simply move their jaw forward.

What to Expect After a Spinal Cord Injury

After a spinal cord injury, it is possible that the injured person may need to be in a wheelchair for the rest of their life. Depending on the location of the injury, the individual may or may not be able to move their arms or control their bodily functions.

Many victims of spinal cord injuries may be temporarily or permanently disabled and may need continuing care at home. Surgery may be required, and even then, it may offer only limited recovery. Many spinal cord injury victims live with chronic pain and use pain medications frequently.

When to Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional and physical suffering. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to financial restitution.

At the Sarkisian Law Offices, our legal team has the expertise and resources to provide you with the advice and support you need to face your situation with confidence. We will passionately pursue every avenue of compensation possible and will fight aggressively for your rights both in and out of court.

Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail. We can help! Call now at (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.

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