No one wants to end up in a situation that results in a severe injury. Unfortunately, incidents that cause serious brain, spine or other catastrophic injuries cannot always be avoided. In fact, it is common for these injuries to result from sudden accidents.
When it comes to spinal cord injuries, car accidents are the most common cause. Because you and most other people travel the roads almost daily for various reasons, you all often face the risk of suffering this severe injury. In many cases, the injury-causing events result due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behaviors.
Spinal cord injuries cause many issues
As you likely suspect, suffering a spinal cord injury can drastically change a person’s life. Because the spine is such an important part of the body, numerous bodily functions and abilities can suffer as a result of this type of injury. Sadly, approximately 94% of individuals who suffer spinal cord injuries experience chronic pain. The problems often do no stop there either as the following issues can also present themselves:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Pressure ulcers
- Bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Blood clots
- Tetraplegia and paraplegia
Because individuals with spinal cord injuries are already in vulnerable states of health, any of these or other issues could easily prove life-threatening to them. Additionally, the pain and other complications of their injuries could also make it immensely difficult to carry out daily activities and to maintain their mental health.
On top of the physical and mental issues that come along with a spinal cord injury, financial problems can also come up. Treating an initial injury and adjusting one’s lifestyle to handle the injury for years into the future is neither an easy nor inexpensive task. In fact, within just the first year of suffering the injury, you or your loved one may face expenses that range from $320,000 to $985,000. Understandably, these numbers may add additional stress to an already stressful situation.
If you or a loved one has suffered this type of catastrophic injury as the result of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim against the person considered responsible. This legal claim could allow for the pursuit of compensation for damages resulting from the incident. Discussing this avenue with a Florida attorney may be wise.