A spinal cord injury, whether it occurs due to a car accident, an accident at work, a fall, or another incident, can produce leave victims with a host of issues that may or may not be permanent. Recovery, whatever that looks like, is often a long-term process that can be fraught with complications.
There are a lot of factors that determine exactly what types of long-term problems a person will experience. The location, severity and type of spinal injury are a few of these, and every situation is somewhat unique.
What types of long-term issues are associated with spinal cord injuries?
The physical effects of spinal cord injuries are common problems for people long after they make their initial recovery. These include things like changes in their mobility and problems with chronic pain. Some victims may experience a lack of independence because they need so much help after the accident.
Other long-term problems associated with spinal injuries include:
- Changes in the victim’s sleep patterns and low quality of sleep, which can aggravate other problems they may have
- Mental health complications, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression and more
- Changes in their mental state due to medications
- Problems with incontinence, infections and related issues
Additionally, the financial implications of a spinal cord injury can remain long after the injury.
If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident
Anybody who suffered a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another person should seek compensation for the injury. This is a way for them to try to recover the financial damages associated with it. This should be done quickly after the accident because there are time limits that apply to these cases.