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Victims of spinal cord injuries have legal protections available

Spinal cord injuries are serious injuries that can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims. A spinal cord injury includes any injury to the spinal cord or the nerves at the bottom of the spinal canal. Spinal cord injuries can have an impact on strength, sensation and other body functions in the areas of the body below the site of the injury. There are different types of spinal cord injuries that victims may suffer.

Spinal cord injuries can have a long-lasting and significant impact on many, if not all, aspects of a victim's life. Because spinal cord injuries can be difficult to treat, they can also be costly to treat and may result in the need for lifetime care. A spinal cord injury can have a life-long impact on a victim and may require sweeping changes to their life and intensive treatment as they journey through the recovery process.

Victims of a spinal cord injury may find that they need help with the costs of rehabilitative medical care associated with a spinal cord injury and that they are also unable to work because of the injury or earn a living. They may also experience emotional challenges related to the unexpected change to their life a spinal cord injury can present. When the victim has suffered a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another party, such as a negligent driver in a car accident, they may be able to recover damages for the harm they have suffered.

Car accident victims who have suffered spinal cord or other injuries may be able to recover damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. To obtain the help they need, it is important for victims of spinal cord injuries to be familiar with the legal options and protections available to help them with the oftentimes extensive physical, financial and emotional costs of a spinal cord injury.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Spinal Cord Injury," Accessed Aug. 22, 2017

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