Losses Due to Paralyzing Spinal Injuries
Few injuries are more terrifying than spinal injuries. When someone lands incorrectly on their neck or sustains trauma to the spine, there is the potential they suffered damage to their spinal cord. In this situation, it is critical to call 911 right away, so emergency medical personnel can transport them for trauma care at the hospital.
When someone is diagnosed with a spinal injury, the prognosis is not always clear. Sometimes, they might be paralyzed or severely weak, but that condition is temporary, and they improve with time and rehabilitation. Other patients might never regain movement or sensation below the spinal injury, which results in permanent paralysis and the loss of the ability to walk, among other functions.
Needless to say, permanent paralysis completely changes the course of someone’s life in many different ways.
Medical treatment for paralyzing spinal injuries is extensive and ongoing for the rest of a person’s life. They might need continuous rehabilitative therapy, medical equipment, and potentially home assistance. This is in addition to the initial treatment in the weeks and months after their injuries.
Spinal injuries can also cause someone to lose a substantial amount of income. Paralysis can prevent people from working, and some victims might need to rely on disability benefits. Lost earnings and potential earnings can be overwhelming.
Spinal cord injuries can result in noneconomic losses, as well, that are not tied to bills or lost income. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent impairment
Seek Help from a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Upland
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt represents clients with all types of injuries, including catastrophic spinal injuries. Call 800.983.4467 or contact us online to discuss your situation for free and learn how an Upland injury attorney can assist you.