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Spinal cord injuries are possible in major motor vehicle crashes

Modern motor vehicles allow people to commute an hour or more into work. They help us maintain freedom and independence. However, that freedom comes with a cost. Every time you get into a vehicle, whether you were driving or not, there is always the risk of injury or even death. After all, you are hurtling down the road at dozens of miles an hour in a box made of metal and glass.

There are countless reasons that people end up in crashes. Sometimes, issues related to defective parts can cause a crash. Other times, driver negligence or poor decision-making can cause a collision. Choosing to drive while feeling exhausted or after drinking could mean serious consequences for that person and anyone he or she encounters on the road.

Spinal cord injuries are possible in any kind of crash

Your brain controls everything that your body does and every aspect of your personality. Your memories, your motor control and even your mood all come from your brain. Your spinal cord conveys information from your brain to the rest of your body. When you injure your spinal cord, it can affect your mobility for the rest of your life.

Some people think that spinal cord injuries only happen to those who get thrown out of their vehicles in a wreck. Well, that is certainly a risk factor, but is not the only scenario that could result in spinal injury.

It is possible to damage your spinal cord due to blunt force trauma to the head or back. Penetrating injuries, where debris from the vehicles enters your body could also be a cause of spinal injury.

Spinal cord injuries vary in severity and location

Depending on where you get hurt, a spinal cord injury could impact the use of your legs or all motor function from your neck down. Typically speaking, the area below the injury will be impacted.

In cases of an incomplete injury, such as a nick to the spinal cord, a pinch or a partial cut, recovery may be possible. With surgery, physical therapy and diligent medical care, people with partial spinal cord injuries may eventually go back to work.

Complete spinal cord injuries which involve the full severing of the spinal cord are not treatable. While the person who suffered the injury will likely require surgery and physical therapy to maintain the impacted parts of the body, at this time, medical science cannot cure a severed spinal cord.

You may have legal rights after a spinal cord injury

Regardless of whether the injury was complete or incomplete, you will likely incur substantial medical costs after a spinal cord injury. The fact that you likely cannot return to work until you recover some function will only make your financial situation worse.

In cases where the other driver was clearly responsible for the crash, you may have the right to seek financial compensation from that driver. A careful review of the details of your accident can help you better understand your rights and options.

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