Spinal Cord Injury After Car Accidents
The spinal cord, along with the brain, makes up the body’s central nervous system. It carries messages to and from the brain to allow for movement and sensations. Unfortunately, if the spinal cord is injured, it can have a huge impact on a person’s daily activities.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. The personal injury lawyers from Zucker & Regev, P.C., in Brooklyn, NY, work with spinal cord injury victims to hold liable parties accountable for the losses associated with spinal cord injuries after a car accident. Our legal team takes into account the physical, emotional, and financial damages that are likely to occur as a result of these injuries.
How Do Car Accidents Cause Spinal Cord Injuries?
Car accidents often involve a significant impact. The force of an accident can cause the body to be thrown within the vehicle, or to be struck by other objects. In either case, the tissues, ligaments, discs, or vertebrae of the spinal cord can be crushed, torn, dislocated, or otherwise damaged. Spinal cord injuries can spread down the spinal column and damage the nervous system, affecting motor functions.
Physical Damages of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries have a huge physical effect. Damage within the spinal cord can interfere with communications to and from the brain and can lead to a wide range of symptoms. The type of symptoms experienced by each person, and the severity of symptoms, is dependent on which part of the spinal cord is injured and how badly. Common physical symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Weakness in the extremities
- Numbness or loss of feeling
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Loss of sexual functions
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
Financial Damages of a Spinal Cord Injury
The physical effects of a spinal cord injury will have financial repercussions. Injuries require extensive medical treatment and may also lead to the need for assistive medical devices. Because spinal cord injuries can compromise a wide range of motor functions, they can affect a person’s ability to work. Taking all this into consideration, spinal cord injuries can result in financial damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of ongoing therapy or rehabilitation
- Cost of medication
- Cost of assistive medical devices
- Cost of household accommodations
- Loss of income
- Diminished wage-earning capacity
Emotional Damages of a Spinal Cord Injury
The physical and financial damages of a spinal cord injury can take an emotional toll. It is common for people to struggle as they adjust to their new way of life. Sadly, it is not unusual for spinal cord injury victims to experience a change in personality, or to suffer from depression or anxiety.
Compensation for Damages
Spinal cord injuries caused by car accidents are completely preventable. When another person or party is reckless or negligent and it results in a car accident, they should be held accountable for all damages related to the crash, including losses associated with accident injuries. Our Brooklyn lawyers work on behalf of our clients to pursue appropriate compensation for spinal cord injury damages.
Individuals who suffer from spinal cord injuries after a car accident are likely to endure physical, emotional, and financial damages. The lawyers from Zucker & Regev, P.C. are prepared to assist accident victims in holding liable parties accountable so that they are justly compensated for their losses. To schedule a consultation at our Brooklyn law firm, send us a message online or call (718) 624-1211 at your earliest convenience.