Spinal cord injuries are often devastating. Even if the person has a decent recovery, they may have serious challenges for the remainder of their life. There’s also the matter of having to pay the costs related to this type of catastrophic injury.
There are many factors that come into the picture for how well a person can recover after damage to the spinal cord. Understanding these may be beneficial to individuals who are dealing with this type of situation.
What factors impact the chance of recovery?
The location of the injury affects what parts of the body are affected by the injury. The effects are always below the level of damage, so an injury to the neck would affect more of the body than one to the lower back.
The type of injury is another factor that can affect someone’s recovery. A complete injury means that the nerve pathways were fully severed so there’s no feeling or ability to move the body below the level of the injury. Recovery from this type of injury is considerably low. Someone with an incomplete injury, which means that some nerve pathways are still connected so there’s movement and feeling below that point, has a better chance of recovery.
Victims of spinal cord injuries must ensure that they get prompt medical care. This may boost their chance of a better recovery. If the injury was because someone else was negligent, they may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the costs of medical care, wages they’re unable to earn and other expenses related to the injury. New Jersey law limits the amount of time you have to do this, so take swift action.