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Spinal cord injuries can lead to higher risk for health issues

After the car accident that caused your spinal cord injury, you likely knew that your life was changed forever. As you spoke with your doctors and other individuals, the reality of your situation likely began to sink in, and you may have felt overwhelming emotions and wondered how you would carry on with your life.

While living with a spinal cord injury is not impossible in many cases, it certainly puts a substantial number of hurdles in your path. In addition to the direct effects of your injury, you may develop a higher susceptibility to other conditions as well as have a shorter life span.

Possible health risks

Your spinal cord injury may have left you with paralysis of various parts of your body. This is not unusual as 42 percent of injured individuals have partial or total paralysis of their legs, and another 53 percent have partial or total paralysis of the arms, legs and torso. In addition to these serious effects, some of the conditions that your spinal cord injury could put you at greater risk for include the following:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chronic pain
  • Blood clots
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pressure ulcers

On top of the physical health issues that could affect you, you may also face mental and emotional hardships resulting from your injury. You may have a difficult time coming to terms with your inability to carry out daily tasks that you once could complete easily.

Financial struggles

Though having your injury treated properly and going through necessary recovery regimens are a priority, they can also prove immensely expensive. In fact, during the first year of treatment, it is common for costs to range between $320,000 and $985,000. Throughout a patient's lifetime, it is possible for expenses to reach $5 million. Most likely, you do not have such funds laying around.

Though thinking of these possibilities may be difficult, it may also be necessary in order to understand what type and amount of compensation you may need to fight for. If another driver caused the accident that led to your injury, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that person in order to seek financial restitution for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages allowable under South Carolina state law.

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