Attorney David J. King


3 points to remember about spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Car Accidents

Car wrecks can jolt the body, leading to serious medical conditions. One of these is a spinal cord injury, which can lead to lifelong changes.

Anyone who’s dealing with this type of injury should remember a few points.

1: Spinal shock is possible

Spinal shock can occur after a spinal cord injury. This can make the effects of the injury seem worse than they will be. It’s typically because of swelling that occurs because of the injury. As the injury improves, the effects should begin to abate.

2: There are 2 categories of injuries

Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete, depending on the damage done to the nerves. When nerve pathways are fully severed, the injury is complete. When nerve pathways remain at least partially connected, the injury is incomplete. Typically, complete injuries aren’t associated with a higher level of healing than incomplete injuries. A person who has an incomplete injury is more likely to have a greater recovery than a person who has a complete injury.

3: Complications can occur

It’s possible to have complications because of the injury. The exact complications depend on what systems of the body are impacted by the injury. These can include problems with the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems. Pressure injuries and sexual health changes can also occur.

Suffering a spinal cord injury in a crash means you need immediate medical attention. The cost of this can be considerable, so seeking compensation might be in order. You only have a limited time in South Dakota to file your claim, so be sure you don’t wait too long.