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What happens when a car crash damages your spinal cord?

Many times, injuries from motor vehicle accidents are relatively minor. Contusions, minor cuts and broken bones can all heal in time with minimal impact to your life. Sometimes the injuries caused by a crash are much more severe.

When an accident damages your spinal cord, it can affect the rest of your life. You may not be able to work the same job. You could experience loss of mobility, as well as ongoing pain or nerve issues. Spinal cord injuries can impact your overall health and quality of life. They can be devastating, particularly if you were a primary wage earner for your family.

With more and more distracted and negligent drivers on the road every year, your risk of life changing injury is also on the rise as the number of accidents increases. If you were in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you should speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible. He or she can review the details of your accident and the extent of your injury to advise you about the best way to proceed. A lawyer can also review any settlement you're offered by an insurance company to ensure the amount is fair and reasonable, given the impact the injury will have on your finances and life.

Spinal cord injuries vary in severity and location, but are still serious

There are a number of ways that a spinal cord injury can happen. Your body can experience jarring trauma, which can result in your vertebra pinching the spinal cord and causing damage. Your back and spinal cord can break due to blunt trauma or getting thrown from your vehicle. Penetrating injuries, where pieces of a vehicle, such as metal or glass or items that were being carried on a commercial vehicle, piece the body, can also cause spinal damage. Depending on the location of your spinal cord injury, your legs, torso and even arms could be impacted by the spinal damage.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord gets pinched, cut or nicked without getting severed. In these injuries, some motor function below the point of injury may remain. In complete spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is severed, typically resulting in a loss of function below the point of injury. Both kinds of spinal cord injuries can impact your ability to continue working or even to care for yourself on a daily basis. Tasks such as dressing, showering and even getting out of bed can become more difficult when you experience impaired or decreased mobility.

An attorney can fight for you after an injury

Spinal cord injuries can change your life. Medical care and physical therapy can be incredibly expensive. Worse yet, loss of wages combined with the need for accessibility remodeling to your home can prove to be an impossible burden.

You shouldn't have to go through this process alone. An attorney can be your best advocate. Speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney for financial help as soon you know you've sustained a spinal cord injury due to an accident.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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