If you or a member of the family have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be experiencing tremendous pain and have a number of concerns. For example, you could be facing costly medical expenses, trying to hold someone accountable for their negligence or unable to continue working, among other issues. Although every spinal cord injury is different, it is important to understand some of the possible long-term effects of a spinal injury. At Greene Ketchum Farrell, Bailey & Tweel, we certainly understand the emotional, physical and financial pain that spinal cord victims experience in Huntington, and communities throughout West Virginia.
Spinal cord injuries may result in a number of long-term effects, according to the National Library of Medicine. It is typical for a spinal cord injury to cause a loss of sensation and paralysis. Sometimes, spinal cord injuries cause complete paralysis, preventing you from being able to move around. Tragically, paralysis may even lead to death if the muscles you use to breathe are paralyzed.
Your ability to recover from a spinal cord injury will depend on the extent of the injury. If the injury was less severe, you could be able to partially recover movement within weeks or months, while a severe injury may lead to a permanent loss of movement. Spinal cord injuries may also make you depend on an assistive device or wheelchair and necessitate modifications to the home.
On our page covering spinal cord injuries, you can read additional information on paralysis and other complications associated with this type of injury.