Data from the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care, and Cure shows that nearly half 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, a recent report highlights several other potential complications of spinal cord injury. The following examines these additional issues, and provides details on how you may be able to receive compensation for the injuries of you or a loved one.
Examining the Additional Complications
Many of the additional complications experienced by spinal cord injury victims stem from, or caused by, the limited body function and/or paralysis often associated with the injury. For example, pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) are extremely common. Pneumonia and blood clots are also exceedingly common, and can sometimes lead to fatality. Sepsis from any one of these complications is also a possibility, and it can be highly fatal in 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. Patients can 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 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. 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. 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 experienced a spinal injury after an automobile accident, you may be owed substantial compensation. Mevorah Law Offices LLC can examine your case to determine the viability of your case. Schedule a free consultation with our Will County auto accident lawyers to learn more. Call us at 815-726-9200 today.