The violence of a car crash can cause injury to your spine. The force of a collision could damage the spine, and shrapnel from the collision could cause penetrating injuries that cut the spinal cord. Someone who hurts their spinal cord will typically require stabilization, emergency transportation to the hospital and intensive trauma services.
Spinal cord injuries affect both sensation and motor function below the location of the injury. Many people with spinal cord injuries require ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. They may also need mobility assistance after their injury.
It can be hard to imagine a future with such limitations and medical requirements. Do people ever recover from spinal cord injuries?
Incomplete spinal cord injuries can heal
Not every spinal cord injury is automatically permanent. An incomplete injury that doesn’t fully sever the spinal cord can eventually heal. With the right medical treatment, those with incomplete injuries can regain both function and sensation in the affected body part.
There is hope for those with complete injuries too
Advances in medical science have led to an astonishing breakthrough for those with complete spinal cord injuries. Doctors have created a spinal implant system that could help people whose spinal cord injuries meet certain criteria regain function after their injury.
Although car insurance will cover some of the costs associated with a spinal cord injury, the average person’s policy won’t pay for all of the expenses associated with a spinal cord injury. Learning more about the impact of spinal cord injuries can make it easier to seek compensation after a crash.