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Spinal cord injuries demand prompt attention

| Nov 8, 2021 | Personal Injury |

People involved in motor vehicle crashes falls and other incidents may suffer from many injuries. One possible type is a spinal cord injury. Some victims of spinal cord injuries have lifelong challenges, but others can heal from the damage. 

Many factors determine how much function a person will recover after a spinal cord injury. The location and type of the injury are two of these. The speed of medical care after the injury is another. 

Some effects are temporary

When the spinal cord injury first occurs, there’s likely going to be an increase in symptoms. As the inflammation of the spinal cord decreases, you may notice an increase in abilities. Immediate medical care is imperative, even though it can take days for the swelling to decrease. During this time, the medical team can take steps to protect the spinal cord. 

An evaluation can let the doctors know what type of injury you have. If it’s a complete injury, there’s no feeling or movement below the level of the injury. This type of injury has less of a chance of a complete recovery than an incomplete injury. Someone with an incomplete injury has some feeling or movement below the point at which they were hurt. 

Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury because of another person’s negligence may choose to seek compensation for the damages. These include expenses related to the injury, such as missed wages and medical bills. Colorado law sets time limits for how long you have to file your claim, so be sure to do this as soon as you’re able to do so.