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A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. Injuries that do not prove fatal can cause life-long paralysis, excruciating pain, and devastating effects to a person’s independence, career aspirations and relationships. Even less severe to moderate spinal cord injuries can drastically impact the victim’s life, reducing mobility, and resulting in loss of work, chronic pain, and an extensive recovery period.
Spinal Cord Injury Facts
Nearly 12,500 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed each year in the United States. The majority of victims are young to middle-aged men. Most of these injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents. Close to 337,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with the devastating effects of spinal cord injuries.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, seeking immediate medical attention is imperative to recovery. However, in some situations, such as a motor vehicle accident, the symptoms of a spinal cord injury may not immediately surface. This is why it is imperative that you always get medical help after being involved in any type of accident, regardless of how severe it may have been.
Only your doctor can examine your neck and spine to determine if any damage is present. Waiting for pain or discomfort to subside on its own will only exacerbate your injuries. Do not ignore spinal cord or neck pain.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions and Treatment Plan
Severed spinal cords are not curable and serious spinal cord injuries require extensive therapy and recovery. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan closely. Take your medication as prescribed and keep all of your medical and therapy appointments. Do not engage in any activities your doctor has asked you to avoid.
If another party’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, you may want to pursue a personal injury claim to recover some of the extensive costs you have incurred and will continue to incur as a result of your spinal cord injury, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Consult with an Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Southern California
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