How to Protect Your Recovery After a Spinal Cord Injury
Currently, there’s no cure for complete spinal cord injuries. However, there are things you can do to protect your physical and financial recoveries.
Get the Right Medical Care for Your Spinal Cord Injury
Not all spinal cord injuries are the same, but they’re all medical emergencies. You need both immediate and ongoing medical care to manage your physical symptoms and to keep your injury from worsening.
Since not all spinal cord injuries are the same, not all spinal cord injury treatment plans are the same. Your plan may include some or all of the following:
- Immobilizing the spine to prevent further damage
- Breathing assistance
- Medications to prevent blood clots from forming
- Surgery to take care of any broken bones and to stabilize the spine
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Nursing assistance
Experimental medical treatments may also be used.
Spinal cord injury treatment can be expensive, and you might be unable to work due to your injury. It’s important to consider your future financial wellbeing.
Get the Right Legal Help for Your Spinal Cord Injury
The damages you suffer as the result of a spinal cord injury can be significant. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the direct lifetime costs of a spinal cord injury range from $1,113,990 for a 50-year-old with incomplete motor function to $4,724,181 for a 25-year-old with high tetraplegia—which is some degree of paralysis in all four limbs.
These numbers are in 2014 dollars and include only medical costs and living expenses. Lost income and pain and suffering could significantly increase the financial damages for an individual with spinal cord injury.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer a spinal cord injury, you may be able to pursue legal action to recover for your past, current, and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering.
Have You Been Injured Due To The Negligence Of Others?
If you’ve been injured in Florida due to negligence you need to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at 954.755.7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents including all of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and all points in between.