Any Georgia resident who becomes involved in a car accident may be at risk for suffering a spinal cord injury. It is estimated that, every year, there are approximately 250,000 to 500,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries. Those who suffer these injuries face other complications and potential unemployment.
A person who has suffered a spinal cord injury has severed serious damage to their spinal cord. The symptoms depend on the severity of the injury; for example, a person can potentially lose mobility in the upper and lower limbs, the ability to control their bodily functions and loss of sensation. It is also likely that someone who suffered an injury to their spine will experience chronic pain.
Research has shown that those who suffered a spinal cord injury may experience secondary conditions. These conditions, which may include deep vein thrombosis, osteoporosis and respiratory complications, can be debilitating or even threatening to someone's life. These conditions, combined with the spinal cord injury, can potentially leave a person reliant on a caregiver and inhibit their ability to work and earn a living. As such, people with this type of injury are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely from associated conditions than those who did not suffer an injury.
No matter how minor a car crash is, a person is always at risk for suffering serious and life-threatening injuries. If the crash was caused by another driver, the injured person may potentially have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney may help demonstrate how the injury will affect the injured person's life. The person may seek compensation for both past and future medical costs associated with the injury.