Long-term effects of spinal cord injuries after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 19, 2024 | Personal Injury

Driving is a therapeutic activity for many, offering independence, mobility and a sense of freedom. However, car accidents happen unexpectedly and can result in serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries from a car accident can vary in severity, but all have the potential for long-term effects that may include the following.

Impaired motor function

Depending on the location and extent of the injury, individuals may experience partial or complete loss of motor function below the level of the injury. This can result in paralysis or weakness in the limbs, making it challenging to perform everyday tasks such as walking, grasping objects or even breathing without assistance.

Sensory disturbances

Spinal cord injuries can also lead to sensory disturbances. These may include loss of sensation or altered sensation in affected areas of the body. Individuals may experience numbness, tingling or hypersensitivity, which can impact their ability to perceive touch, temperature or pain accurately. Sensory deficits can significantly affect daily activities and may require adaptive strategies to navigate the environment safely.

Chronic pain

Many individuals with spinal cord injuries experience chronic pain, which can arise from nerve damage, muscle spasticity or other factors related to the injury. This pain can be debilitating and persistent, affecting not only physical well-being but also mental health and quality of life.

Muscle atrophy

In serious cases of spinal cord injury, prolonged immobility and decreased use of affected muscles can lead to muscle atrophy, where the muscles waste away due to lack of stimulation. This loss of muscle mass and strength can worsen existing mobility issues and further limit the individual’s ability to perform physical tasks. Muscle atrophy not only affects the affected limbs but can also impact overall body strength and function, making rehabilitation efforts more challenging.

If you’re a victim of spinal cord injury due to another party’s negligence, legal guidance can help determine the best approach to seeking compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income and pain and suffering resulting from the accident.


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