More than one-third of the approximately 282,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States suffered their spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle accidents. It is well known that spinal cord injuries can limit a person’s ability to move and to feel sensation. However, these are not the only health consequences of spinal cord injuries.
People With Spinal Cord Injuries Face Additional Medical Risks
Some of the other significant health conditions that a spinal cord injury victim may suffer include:
- Bedsores. The inability to move independently can lead to lead to pressure ulcers on the skin. These may become serious health problems if they are not diagnosed and treated quickly.
- Pneumonia. If the lungs are compromised by the spinal cord injury, then it can be difficult for an individual to cough and clear his lungs independently. Infections such as pneumonia may result.
- Central immune suppression syndrome. The research is not yet definitive on how a spinal cord injury results in immune system suppression, but people with spinal cord injuries may develop this syndrome and be more likely to get infections and illnesses.
- Cardiovascular problems. Research published in the World Journal of Orthopedics indicates that several different cardiovascular conditions can result from a spinal cord injury. These conditions include, but are not limited to orthostatic hypotension, autonomic dysreflexia, impaired cardiovascular reflexes, reduced transmission of cardiac pain, loss of reflex cardiac acceleration, cardiac atrophy with tetraplegia due to loss of left ventricular mass, and pseudo-myocardial infarction.
- Psychological conditions. The significant limitations caused by spinal cord injuries can result in depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
- Pain syndrome. Chronic pain is one of the most common types of secondary complications from spinal cord injuries. Research published in the World Journal of Orthopedics indicates that up to 80% of people with spinal cord injuries have frequent pain.
- Osteoporosis and bone fractures. Loss of bone mass may be rapid in the first 18 months after a spinal cord injury and may continue for several years. This can make bone fractures more likely.
All of these conditions are potentially serious and can significantly impact a person’s current health and future quality of life.
And You May Be Able to Recover for All of Your Medical Conditions Related to Your Spinal Cord Injury
Your recovery is not limited to the expenses associated with your paralysis or loss of sensation. Instead, you are able to make a financial recovery for all of your medical conditions that are associated with your motor vehicle crash.
The valuation of your damages may be complicated, but it is critically important so that you receive fair compensation for your past, current, and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
To learn more about what you may be able to recover after suffering a spinal cord injury in an Alaska car crash, please contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden today for a free consultation.