One type of catastrophic injury that will devastate your quality of life is a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord, an essential part of the nervous system, allows the brain to communicate with the body. Injuries to the spinal cord frequently cause paralysis and/or severe chronic pain.
A strong financial position is often necessary to restore a patient’s quality of life after a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, large corporate defendants and their insurers are almost never willing to offer fair compensation at the outset of a catastrophic injury case. Even in cases where fault is clear, insurers typically offer the bare minimum – hoping injured victims will not access an attorney. Accepting the bare minimum without first speaking with a spinal cord injury attorney, will make it difficult for patients to continually access the medical care needed for a full recovery. Instead, when the bare minimum is accepted, what once seemed like a large amount of money can quickly run out.
Here is what all patients dealing with spinal cord injuries should know and how we at the Stoddard Firm can help.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Occur
Spinal cord injuries can have a tremendous range of severity, from whiplash to complete paralysis, and they can occur in a number of different situations including car accidents, workplace accidents, falling accidents, and other accidents caused by the negligence of others. Even a slip and fall can result in a slipped or herniated spinal disk that impedes a patient’s quality of life leading to a fusion surgery. Back and spinal cord injuries can cause chronic pain and hamper the ability of the patient to complete the basic tasks of daily life, such as lifting or standing for extended periods of time. In other situations, back and spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis requiring the use of wheelchairs and home healthcare nurses.
Injuries of this nature can place an enormous amount of stress on both patients and their families. Typically, patients encounter steep financial costs, lost wages, changes in the family dynamic, and emotional angst. Patients experiencing catastrophic spinal cord injuries should understand their legal options and work with a legal team that has experience in this field.
If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic spinal cord injury, we invite you to reach out to the Stoddard Firm today for a free consultation.
Impact of Georgia Spinal Injuries on Patients and Their Loved Ones
The impact of a spinal cord injury on patients and their loved ones can be tremendous.
Patients must first face their physical recovery. This often physically painful experience is coupled with mounting medical bills, extended hospital stays, intensive treatment, the installation of medical devices in the home, occupational therapy to increase the activities of daily living, and physical therapy and strength training.
Patients may also face a challenging emotional and mental recovery. Catastrophic injuries can be devastating mentally because a patient’s future life plan has suddenly shifted, and the family dynamic is often drastically different. Many patients may find themselves struggling with depression or anxiety following their injury, particularly if the injury severely changed their daily life. Patients may also face conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following extremely traumatic incidents.
It will also be important, when possible, for patients to eventually rejoin the workforce – although often in a different job role. It is common for patients who endure spinal cord injuries to change their career path, and these patients may need to go through training or other education to start a new job. Of course, some patients will be unable to work at all, and may need to pursue disability benefits, and/or rely on other family members to earn an income.
What Patients Should do After a Catastrophic Injury
When a patient has a catastrophic injury, their primary priority should be recovery to maximum medical improvement. While seeking medical care should be the first step, such care is costly, benefits sometimes run out, and achieving maximum medical improvement is not a complete fix. As a result, patients should quickly seek legal advice to learn more about whether or not they have a case and what forms of compensation may be available.
If the injury occurred because of the action or inaction of another, seeking justice can also help patients cope with a spinal cord injury. By working with legal counsel, patients and their loved ones will know the appropriate steps to take to ensure maximum compensation.
If you have endured a spinal cord injury, we invite you to reach out to us at the Stoddard Firm. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.
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