Because of the violent impact involved, a vehicle crash is one of the main causes of spinal cord injury.
If you suffer such an injury due to the negligence of another driver, what does your future hold and what sort of compensation can you expect?
Why SCI happens
If the spinal cord sustains a traumatic injury, such as the violent impact from a vehicle crash, you may suffer a temporary or permanent change in sensation or function below the site of the injury. Depending on the severity, you could experience pain, incontinence issues, or, in the most serious of cases, paralysis.
What kind of treatment to expect
At the current time, doctors have no way of reversing a spinal cord injury, although research and testing are showing some positive results. Treatment often includes a program of rehabilitation paired with medication to ward off the potential for infection. However, modern advancements in SCI treatment focus on cell replacement and spinal nerve regeneration. People who suffer SCI may have to make adjustments to their home and work environments, but by doing so many can resume productive lives.
Where to turn
If you suffer SCI or any other type of injury as the victim of a vehicle crash, you have a right to file a claim for financial compensation. The insurance company that represents the negligent driver may attempt to offer you a low-ball settlement. However, an advocate can negotiate on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair coverage for current and future medical expenses, any lost wages, pain and suffering and more.