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3 things people need to know about car crash spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. The momentum of cars and their violent movements during car wrecks can cause complete injuries that sever someone’s spinal cord and incomplete injuries that tear or pinch the cord and leave lasting limitations.

While many people fear spinal cord injuries, they don’t actually understand them or the impact that they can have on individuals. When you understand these three facts below, you will be better able to respond to a spinal cord injury after a car crash.

Insurance falls hundreds of thousands of dollars short

Even in the best-case scenario involving an incomplete spinal cord injury, the person hurt will have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. They will incur big expenses in the first year after their injury and more every year afterward for the rest of their lives.

The driver who caused the crash might potentially have as little as $15,000 worth of coverage, which might mean that the person hurt needs to look into other options for compensation. 

Some people recover from spinal cord injuries

It’s important to understand that full recovery is rare after a spinal cord injury. Most people, even those with incomplete injuries, will have lasting symptoms and require frequent medical intervention related to their injury for the rest of their lives.

However, with surgery and physical therapy, some people will regain motor function and nerve sensation after their injury. While it will be some time before such technology is accessible to the average person, medical researchers have even been able to help some people regain motor function after a complete injury with the use of implanted electrodes.

Spinal cord injuries come with secondary costs

Your hospital bills and ongoing care needs are only one category of expenses you have to cover after a car crash leaves you with a spinal cord injury. You may need to make changes to your house or invest in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. You may also suffer a lasting drop in income because of your injury.

Identifying the consequences of a crash-related spinal cord injury can help you hold out hope for the future while seeking the support you need.