Numerous Florida residents suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents every year. Unfortunately, some of them end up with spinal cord injuries. As these injuries can vary in severity, some victims are able to recover with rehabilitation and time, while others suffer injuries from which they may never recover.
Spinal cord injury basics
A spinal cord injury is usually caused by a traumatic blow to the back or neck. This can cause the vertebrae to fracture, compress, shatter or dislocate. When damage to the vertebrae occurs, the spinal cord is usually affected; in some cases, it is severed completely. When the cord is compressed or torn, one might experience:
- Loss of sensation
- Difficulty walking
- Balance issues
If the spinal cord is severed, one will experience complete paralysis below the damaged area. This could leave the victim a quadriplegic, meaning they’ve lost all feeling and function below the neck — or a paraplegic, meaning they’ve lost sensation and mobility of the lower half of their body. Either is life-altering for the victim and his or her family.
A spinal cord injury can affect a person physically, financially and emotionally. These losses are not something victims of car accidents should have to shoulder on their own. If another person’s negligence contributed to the injury, Florida laws allow victims to seek compensation for any documented damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims, and their loved ones, seek relief by negotiating fair settlement terms with insurance providers or, if doing so is deemed necessary, litigating the matter in civil court.