Data from the National Spinal Court Injury Statistical Center shows that nearly 40 percent of all spinal injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. That makes car crashes the leading cause of this debilitating condition. Paralysis is not the only issue that victims face, however. In fact, there are several other common complications that are often associated with spinal cord injuries. The following examines these additional issues and provides details on how you may be able to receive compensation for the injuries to you or a loved one.
Looking at the Additional Complications
Many of the additional complications experienced by spinal cord injury victims stem from or are caused by the limited body function or paralysis often associated with such an injury. For example, pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) are extremely common among victims who cannot change positions in a bed or chair easily. Pneumonia and blood clots are also exceedingly common, and can sometimes lead to fatalities. Sepsis from any one of these complications is also a possibility, and it can be highly fatal for patients with spinal injuries. In fact, life expectancy can easily be cut short because of all the additional complications spinal cord injury victims face.
Thankfully, there are some ways to mitigate the risks. Those who are bound to a wheelchair or bed must be moved or turned frequently. This can reduce their risk of developing pressure sores, blood clots, and pneumonia. The risk of urinary tract infections, which are also common among those with spinal cord injuries, can be reduced with proper hydration and regular urination. Alternatively, if a catheter is needed, proper maintenance and care of the catheter can reduce the risk of infection.
Explorations in Treatment
Right now, scientists are examining several possible options for spinal cord injury treatment, and some do show promise. For example, one study has found that stem cell therapy may help some regain at least partial use of their upper extremities. Other current explorations include gene therapy and electrical stimulation. Medical experts are hoping that these options will one day restore at least some mobility and function in those who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
Pursuing Compensation for a Spinal Injury
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal injury after an automobile accident, you and/or they may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The team at Burress Personal Injury Law will provide a free consultation to visit with you and evaluate your case. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced McKinney catastrophic injury attorney by calling us at 214-726-0016.