After a long day of picking out the perfect anniversary present for his wife, John was walking back to his vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping center. He cautiously looked both ways before crossing when suddenly, a car came out of nowhere and struck him. The driver was too busy sending a Snapchat to pay attention. John suffered a severe, life-changing injury to his spinal cord; paraplegic paralysis that will leave him in a wheelchair forever. As they celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary at the hospital, his wife fears how she will provide for the family now that he is paralyzed.
Types of Spinal Injuries
Types of spinal injuries range from minor back pain to full body paralysis. Specific injuries may include:
Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia
Suffering a quadriplegic injury is the result of damage to the cervical spinal column, typically the most severe type of damage. Quadriplegia involves varying degrees of paralysis of all limbs.
Paraplegic injuries occur when there is no longer sensation or movement in the lower half of the body. This is the result of damage to the thoracic spinal cord.
This type of spinal cord injury is usually the outcome of an incomplete spinal cord injury, causing loss of movement or sensation in one arm and both legs.
How a Spinal Cord Injury Can Impact Your Life
A spinal cord injury will change your life forever. You will have to re-learn activities you have done since Kindergarten like just getting dressed, writing, or picking up after yourself. You will be limited on where you can go and what you can do. You may struggle with phantom pain, bedsores, and have trouble with bladder or bowel control. These life changes can also lead to depression and anxiety and put you at risk for skin infections and obesity. Then, there is the hefty, consistent medical costs of spinal injuries. Your life will never be the same… but you are a survivor.
After A Spinal Cord Injury A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
A personal injury attorney will be able to fight for you when you feel like you have nothing left to give. A personal injury lawyer will work tirelessly to get you the rightful compensation you deserve as you cope with your life turning upside down. What happened to you was unfair. This will not get rid of the injury, and it could never equate the devastation and loss you and your family are feeling; but it can help you move on from your injury and learn how to manage it and thrive in life as a survivor.
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